South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations

Although South Africa participated in the Africa Cup of Nations much later than many African countries (the country was scheduled to participate in inaugural 1957 Africa Cup of Nations but was excluded because of apartheid[1]), as they participated for the first time as host of 1996 edition, South Africa has soon established itself as an emerging African power. The first edition South Africa participated was a complete success, with the team conquered their first, and only African trophy, on their debut.[2][3] Since then, South Africa continues to participate and remains a reckoned force, though success has been elusive since the 2000s. Outside the 1996 edition, South Africa also hosted 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and managed to advance to the quarter-finals.[4] They again reached the quarter-finals in the 2019 edition of the tournament.

RecordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Disqualified because of apartheid
  1959 Banned
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 11 2
  1998 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
    2000 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 8 6
  2002 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 3 3
  2004 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 5
  2006 16th 3 0 0 3 0 5
  2008 13th 3 0 2 1 3 5
  2010 Did not qualify
    2012
  2013 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 3
  2015 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 3 6
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 0 3 3 4
  2021 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total 1 Title 10/33 43 16 12 15 48 45
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Match historyEdit

AFCON Date Location Stages Versus Results South Africa scorers
  1996 13 January 1996 Johannesburg Group stage   Cameroon 3–0 Phil Masinga   15'
Mark Williams   37'
John Moshoeu   55'
20 January 1996   Angola 1–0 Mark Williams   57'
24 January 1996   Egypt 0–1
27 January 1996 Quarter-finals   Algeria 2–1 Mark Fish   72'
John Moshoeu   85'
31 January 1996 Semi-finals   Ghana 3–0 John Moshoeu   22', 87'
Shaun Bartlett   46'
3 February 1996 Final   Tunisia 2–0 Mark Williams   73', 75'
  1998 8 February 1998 Bobo-Dioulasso Group stage   Angola 0–0
11 February 1998   Ivory Coast 1–1 Helman Mkhalele   8' (pen.)
16 February 1998   Namibia 4–1 Benni McCarthy   8', 11', 19', 21'
22 February 1998 Ouagadougou Quarter-finals   Morocco 2–1 Benni McCarthy   22'
David Nyathi   79'
25 February 1998 Semi-finals   DR Congo 2–1 (a.e.t.) Benni McCarthy   60', 112'
28 February 1998 Final   Egypt 0–2
   2000 23 January 2000 Kumasi Group stage   Gabon 3–1 Dumisa Ngobe   43'
Shaun Bartlett   55', 78'
27 January 2000   DR Congo 1–0 Shaun Bartlett   44'
2 February 2000   Algeria 1–1 Shaun Bartlett   2'
6 February 2000 Quarter-finals   Ghana 1–0 Siyabonga Nomvethe   42'
10 February 2000 Lagos Semi-finals   Nigeria 0–2
12 February 2000 Accra Third place   Tunisia 2–2
(4–3 p)
Shaun Bartlett   11'
Siyabonga Nomvethe   62'
  2002 20 January 2002 Ségou Group stage   Burkina Faso 0–0
24 January 2002   Ghana 0–0
30 January 2002   Morocco 3–1 Sibusiso Zuma   42'
Thabo Mngomeni   48'
Siyabonga Nomvethe   51'
3 February 2002 Kayes Quarter-finals   Mali 0–2
  2004 27 January 2004 Sfax Group stage   Benin 2–0 Siyabonga Nomvethe   58', 76'
31 January 2004 Monastir   Nigeria 0–4
4 February 2004 Sousse   Morocco 1–1 Patrick Mayo   29'
  2006 22 January 2006 Alexandria Group stage   Guinea 0–2
26 January 2006   Tunisia 0–2
30 January 2006   Zambia 0–1
  2008 23 January 2008 Tamale Group stage   Angola 1–1 Elrio van Heerden   87'
27 January 2008   Tunisia 1–3 Katlego Mphela   87'
31 January 2008 Kumasi   Senegal 1–1 Elrio van Heerden   14'
  2013 19 January 2013 Johannesburg Group stage   Cape Verde 0–0
23 January 2013 Durban   Angola 2–0 Siyabonga Sangweni   30'
Lehlohonolo Majoro   62'
27 January 2013   Morocco 2–2 May Mahlangu   71'
Siyabonga Sangweni   86'
2 February 2013 Quarter-finals   Mali 1–1
(1–3 p)
Tokelo Rantie   31'
  2015 19 January 2015 Mongomo Group stage   Algeria 1–3 Thuso Phala   51'
23 January 2015   Senegal 1–1 Oupa Manyisa   47'
27 January 2015   Ghana 1–2 Mandla Masango   17'
  2019 24 June 2019 Cairo Group stage   Ivory Coast 0–1
28 June 2019   Namibia 1–0 Bongani Zungu   68'
1 July 2019   Morocco 0–1
6 July 2019 Round of 16   Egypt 1–0 Thembinkosi Lorch   85'
10 July 2019 Quarter-finals   Nigeria 1–2 Bongani Zungu   71'

Top goalscorersEdit

Phil Masinga is the first player to score for South Africa at Africa Cup of Nations (1996).
Benni McCarthy is the first and only player to score hat-trick for South Africa at Africa Cup of Nations (1998).

 
Benni McCarthy is South African all-time top goalscorer of Africa Cup of Nations.
No. Name Goals Africa Cup of Nations
1 Benni McCarthy 7 1998
2 Shaun Bartlett 6 1996 (1) and 2000 (5)
3 Siyabonga Nomvethe 5 2000 (2); 2002 (1) and 2004 (2)
4 John Moshoeu 4 1996
Mark Williams 4 1996

SquadsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Khaled Abul-Oyoun; Ken Knight; Neil Morrison; Karel Stokkermans (3 October 2013). "African Nations Cup 1957". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ "How Bafana won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations". KickOff.
  3. ^ "When football healed a nation: South Africa's 1996 AFCON win". September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mali kick Bafana out of 2013 Afcon". SAnews. February 4, 2013.

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