CAN 2024: South Africa overthrow Morocco and reach the quarter-finals

The South African feat: elimination of Morocco and qualification for the quarters

On January 30, 2024, the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro was the scene of an unexpected reversal in the African football arena. The South African team surprised everyone by defeating the Moroccans with a score of 2 goals to 0 in the round of 16 of CAN 2024.

A match controlled by Bafana Bafana

At the final whistle, South Africa received a well-deserved ovation for their successful performance. Hugo Broos' team, far from being favorites, not only managed to dismiss Morocco but also secured a place in the top 8 of the tournament. This victory allows them to plan for a duel against Cape Verde in the race for the continental title.

A tactical and technical duel

  • Lacking Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal, two key pieces, the Moroccan eleven found themselves diminished.
  • In this clash, Youssef En-Nesyri and his teammates failed to capitalize on their opportunities, failing to find the net during the first period.
  • Hopes were extinguished for the Atlas Lions in the second half after Evidence Makgopa opened the scoring in the 57the minute, followed by a second goal, signed Teboho Mokoena, in added time.

Reactions and assessment after the defeat

The participants in this meeting did not fail to share their feelings at the end of the match:

What the coaches say

Hugo Broos, praising his players, proudly underlined the discipline and cohesion of his team, despite the criticism faced in their country. For him, the victory over Morocco takes on a special character and is expressed as the fruit of constant collective work.

Walid Regragui recognized the opposing supremacy and took full responsibility for the elimination, while deploring the lack of efficiency and patience of his team.

A word from the Moroccan captain

Romain Saïss expressed the difficulty of digesting this failure, recalling the high expectations that weighed on the team, especially after their impressive run at the World Cup. He emphasizes the need to learn from these mistakes for the future.

A CAN full of surprises

Once again, the outcome of this meeting highlights the unpredictable nature of CAN 2024. After the premature exit of Senegal yesterday, today it is Morocco which bids farewell, leaving the green carpet to less expected teams for rewrite the script of this competition.
The story of this CAN therefore remains particularly open, with stunning scenarios and unexpected heroes, taking the African continent into a whirlwind of footballing emotions.