Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: SOUTH AFRICA VS TUNISIA 1996 NATIONS CUP FINAL

This week we take a trip down memory lane and look back at how Bafana Bafana defeated the continent’s best as at then to lift the trophy at Soccer City.
Bafana Bafana came into the competition on the back of some good form in the Simba Cup (a draw and two wins) and a morale boosting goalless draw against World Cup ’94 quarter-finalists Germany. And, with their rugby counterparts doing the nation proud [in winning the World Cup in 1995], the pressure was on to deliver in their first African adventure.
And deliver they did, putting to the sword a Cameroon side featuring a young Rigobert Song, beating the west Africans 3-0 in the opening game. Bafana Bafana went on to win their second group game against Angola by a solitary goal, but were quickly brought back down to earth, losing 1-0 to Egypt.
Despite the loss, they still qualified top of their group on goal-difference, avoiding rampant Group B winners Zambia. Their quarter-final opponents were Algeria, who they narrowly beat 2-1.
The dangerous Black Stars of Ghana lay next for Clive Barker and his boys but, inspired by John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, they thumped the west Africans 3-0 to book their place in the Final.
You can watch the highlights of the final versus Tunisia right here >>> http://sowernal.com/2zmT

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