JOHANNESBURG – It could well be 1998 all over again. And how South African football fans would love for Bafana Bafana to have an Africa Cup of Nations similar to the one from 21 years ago.
Friday’s draw for the biennial, continental showpiece that will be hosted by Egypt in June saw the country’s senior national team being put in a group very similar to that which they were in at Burkina Faso 98.
Except for Morocco, the other two countries that will provide opposition for Stuart Baxter and his team had clashed with the then-Afcon holders, led by Jomo Sono.
The Ivory Coast and Namibia were also in Bafana’s group in 1998, with Angola having been the fourth side.
As low as Bafana are currently ranked, there is reason to be optimistic they can get out of the group and go into the knockout stage. They did, after all, progress back in 1998 with the Elephants and the Warriors providing opposition, didn’t they?