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South Africa vs Liberia Chiefs: All You Need To Know

South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana, will face off against the Lone Stars of Liberia in a crucial 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday at Orlando Stadium.

Both teams have lost their first game against the current group leaders, Morocco, who have already qualified for the tournament’s finals in Ivory Coast. A win for either team will give them a boost in their bid to qualify for the tournament.

Game South Africa vs Liberia
Date Friday, March 24
Time 18:00 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
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Squads & Team News

Coach Hugo Broos is expected to leverage the rich and diverse attacking options at his disposal to win the tie. From young Cassius Mailula, who has been in excellent form for Mamelodi Sundowns, to experienced Al Ahly star Percy Tau, the coach has a wide range of players to call upon.

However, Broos will have his work cut out for him, as Liberia is aware that a win away and a draw at home will be enough to see them through. Broos might be tempted to give the Downs youngster, Mailula, his debut given his excellent exploits at club level.

Mailula keeping feet on the ground as Bafana debut looms

The 21-year-old striker has scored 15 goals and provided three assists for Masandawana. After getting a well-deserved Bafana Bafana call-up, Mailula expressed his joy in a post-match interview.

“For me, it came as a surprise because I didn’t expect to pop up so early. I thought that I would actually be in the U23 [team], but it was good that someone out there can see my hard work,” he said.

Mailula added that he was excited, happy, and ready to make it to the 23-man squad.

“They say dreams do come true; for me, it has always been something that I wanted. I think it could have happened earlier because they always took me back to the junior teams to keep pushing myself. I think it came at the right time, at the right space where I was feeling good about myself, and where everything is just okay. Emotionally, physically, and psychologically, I was actually ready for this challenge,” he added.

Broos will have some tough decisions to make about his starting lineup, but with the attacking options available, he should feel confident about his chances of winning the tie.

The Bafana Bafana defenders will need to do everything possible to ensure Allen Njie does not get the space to roam freely in the final third. The Liberian creative midfielder has an eye for goal and can create something out of nothing, which might hurt the home team in the long run.

Bafana Bafana will also need to keep a close eye on left-back Jamal Arago. He is an overlapping fullback with dangerous crosses, as seen in their last match against Morocco.

Bafana boss Broos pushingfor November training camp

The match promises to be an exciting one, with both teams eager to come out on top. South Africa will need to put in a strong performance to secure a win and move closer to qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast. Coach Broos and his team will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record against Liberia and pick up all three points to boost their qualification hopes.

Match Preview

South Africa will take on Liberia in a crucial Group K match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Friday. Bafana Bafana lost their opening game 2-1 to group leaders Morocco, putting them in second place ahead of Liberia who lost 2-0 to Morocco.

To qualify for the finals in Ivory Coast, South Africa needs to secure four points from the two matches against Liberia. If they achieve this feat, Liberia will be left with just one point.

However, if South Africa loses to Morocco and Liberia win their match, Morocco will win the group with nine points and South Africa and Liberia will have four points each.

Therefore, it is crucial for Bafana to bring their best performance on Friday to avoid any unforeseen circumstances in the future.

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