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Permutations & Bafana Potential Last 16 Opponents Revealed

With Bafana Bafana back in action on Wednesday nights, here are the permutations for them to qualify for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations and which potential opponents they could face.

South Africa put themselves in a good position after beating Namibia 4-0, with the four-goal thrashing helping their goal difference.

A draw in Bafana’s final group match against Tunisia would at least secure third place, depending on the result between Mali and Namibia possibly more – and based on their +2 goal difference South Africa would jump to the top of the best third-placed teams.

A win over the Eagles of Carthlage would definitely secure the knockout stages for Bafana, no matter the other result.

In case of a Bafana draw, a win or draw for Mali against Namibia, would mean South Africa qualify as runner-up from Group E.

If Bafana draw with Tunisia and Namibia beat Mali, then Bafana would drop to third place, based on the head-to-head rule and their defeat to Mali, who would also end the group on four points, while Namibia would move to six.

In case of a loss to Tunisia, South Africa and a draw or Namibia win in the other game, Hugo Broos’ men would go home.

With four of the other groups already concluded, Bafana even know their potential opponents: Should they top the group they would face Group D runners-up Burkina Faso. Should they finish second they would meet Group F winners, with Morocco currently leading the group.

And should they end in third place, they will likely face Group D winners Angola.

Over to you, Hugo Broos and Bafana Bafana…

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.
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