Bafana fans flock to Durban stadium

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Durban – The city of Durban was buzzing in anticipation ahead of Bafana Bafana’s decisive Africa Cup of Nations encounter against Morocco later on Sunday.

South African flags, green and gold t-shirts and painted faces, all amongst proudly attired home fans, were edging closer towards the Moses Mabhida Stadium where a few hundred had already taken their seats.

The hosts will be aiming for a win and the full three points to seal their place in the quarter-finals of the continental spectacle.

Buoyed by the performance of Gordon Igesund’s men in their last match on Wednesday – a 2-0 victory over Angola – the nation was looking forward to another strong performance by Bafana Bafana.

A sell-out 56,000 crowd was expected at the KwaZulu-Natal venue, which is situated less than half a kilometre from the Indian Ocean.

A few thousand of those fans warmed up for the game by spending another scorching day on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront, although some rain-threatening cloud cover had moved over, two hours prior to kick-off.

South Africa can qualify for the quarter-finals with all three results – a win, draw and even a loss – although they will also need the Angolans to either beat or share the spoils with Cape Verde Islands in the other Group A match that kicks off simultaneously in Port Elizabeth.

Morocco must win the match to assure qualification, but a draw may be enough if there is a similar scoreline in the other group. – Sapa


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