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Mothiba – Quality Bafana Relishing Ivory Coast Test

Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba has agreed with Ivory Coast media that they are capable of surprising the giants of Africa.

Mothiba, 27, was present at the pre-match press conference fielding and answering questions in French to local media, where he’s a clear fan favourite due to his club affiliation with Ligue 1 side Strasbourg – a popular league in the country.

While the burly striker admitted the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations hosts are packed with quality, he’s confident they can put up a brave display at the sold-out arena tonight where ASEC Mimosas play their club football.

“We all know Ivory Coast is a big team with very good players, they all play in Europe, so it will be a very good game for us, a good test for us, because, as the coach said, Ivory Coast are a candidate to win the AFCON,” Mothiba said.

“It’s a very good test for us to see where we are and what we need to improve, I can’t wait for [the game].”

Ivorian journalists brought up the AFCON performances of Bafana where Mothiba was part of the squad four years ago in Egypt, where they lost 1-0 to the West Africans but advanced to the last-16 and dumped the Pharaohs out in a historic clash in Cairo.

“I remember the game in AFCON 2019, it was a tough game where they scored at the end, we can learn from that and improve and we’ll do our utmost [best to win],” he added.

“We have good players, we technically gifted players, so we’re good but we need to keep trying to improve in other areas as well – as you said, we took out Egypt, so we can accomplish great things if we stay focused, give our all, we can achieve, we have a lot of quality in our squad.”

The match kicks off this evening at Le Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny at 21h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.