- Ghana and Nigeria co-hosted the African Cup of Nations in 2000
- South African beat Ghana to secure a place in the semifinals
- SA ultimately landed 3rd place
Soccer fans all around Mzansi will surely remember Siyabonga Nomvete’s iconic moment during the 2000 African Cup of nations. Battling against one of the hosting countries, Ghana, Bafana Bafana’s striker scored a stunning goal, landing the proud country a spot in the semifinals.
The goal was scored at the end of the first half of an emotional match. The team was lucky to have got their goal in early because the second half of the game brought some challenges. Due to a midfielder, Eric Tinkler having been removed from the game for two yellow cards, the South African team was playing with only ten players., Briefly.co.za found.
The boys clung onto their lead and went on to win the game. Nevertheless, after a 2-0 loss against the second host country, Nigeria, the team ended third-place overall. Still not bad or the young team.
The 2000 Afcon was a weird one. After the intended host country, Zimbabwe was benched by the Confederation for not meeting the specifications to host, the tournament was co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana. Cameroon won the tournament and represented the proud continent in the Confederations Cup.
The coach at the time was Trott Moloto. This was considered to be Bafana Bafana’s peak, the period of their best performance since entry into the international arena. Two years early, the team debuted in the World Cup, shocking the entire globe.
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