South Africa shocked the number one team in Africa, Morocco, with a 2-0 victory in the Ivorian coastal city of San-Pedro on Tuesday.
Bafana, ranked 12th in Africa, now move on to the quarter-finals where they will face another surprise package in Cape Verde.
‘What a player’
“Teboho Mokoena! What a player. The free kick he scored, was just the icing on the cake! He stepped on every grass leaf on the pitch,” said Mosimane on X, formerly Twitter.
“Bossing the midfield. No arguments , SA is one of the most tactically disciplined team in the tournament.
“No frills , just grinding.Credit to Hugo Broos and Helman Mkhalele. Their team works very hard and tactically disciplined. One step at a time, we still have a road to travel , feet on the ground but we can celebrate this hard earned victories.
South African minister of sport and recreation Zizi Kodwa said: “What a fantastic performance by Bafana Bafana. This win shows what our national teams can achieve with the support of South Africans. Let’s continue to support Bafana Bafana as they march to the #AFCON2023 quarterfinals!
Former Springbok Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jacques Nienaber streamed the match in the UK on his cellphone and said: “Well done Bafana Bafana. Supporting you from the UK. It might not be a 100 inch TV but worth every second of viewing.”
Former Afcon 1996 winner Mark Fish said: “I found someone who's Grey hair is well certainly cooler than mine...Well done Coach a fantastic performance by the boys tonight...Quarter Finals here we come...Bafana Bafana”
South African comedian Rory Petzer who has been vocal in his support of Bafana said: “CHAMPIONS! FEEL IT. IT IS REAL. “The biggest upset of the tournament!” Bafana Bafana through to quarterfinals! Thank you. Have a rest tomorrow and then we need to reconvene on Thursday for Saturday’s match. Please. Thank you.”