Soccer

Now is the time for Bafana Bafana to show their worth

Play with structure, energy and pace and surprise Ivory Coast

23 June 2019 - 00:00 By MARC STRYDOM

Bafana Bafana's chances of beating Ivory Coast, and probably of a successful 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), are likely to hinge on how their defence copes with a world-class frontline spearheaded by Lille star Nicolas Pépé tomorrow at Cairo's Al Salam Stadium.

Pépé, the 24-year-old Lille winger, scored 22 goals in 38 Ligue 1 games in 2018-19 to be a target of Bayern Munich for ?70m. He's the kind of predator who will take the type of chances a Bafana defence that conceded just two goals in the qualifiers, but lack pace, can offer up when they're nervous - a movie we've seen before at major tournaments...

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