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SA and Mali set for showdown

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Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana will play Mali in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after the conclusion of Group B on Monday evening.

The Eagles drew their final pool match against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban with striker Mahamadou Samassa’s 14th-minute strike cancelling out a third-minute Dieumerci Mbokani penalty as the sides drew 1-1.

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Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani (bottom) clashes with Mali's Samba Sow (top) and Adama Tamboura in their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match in Durban, South Africa, on Monday.

It meant that the Malians ended second in their section and will now play the hosts at the same venue on Saturday evening with kick-off at 20h30.

South Africa, who last reached the Afcon knockout stages at the 2002 tournament in Mali, ended as Group A winners on Sunday when they clinched a 2-2 draw against Morocco.

Debutants Cape Verde finished second in the group after a 2-1 win over Angola, also on Sunday, and will play Group B winners Ghana, 3-0 winners over Niger to secure top-spot, in Port Elizabeth in the next round.

The DRC and Niger joined the Moroccans and Angolans as the next teams to be eliminated from the competition. - Sapa

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