Bafana Bafana hopes to maintain lossless record against Ivory Coast

Bafana Bafana hopes to maintain lossless record against Ivory Coast

- Bafana Bafana goes toe-to-toe with Ivory Coast on Monday in their first Afcon match

- Since 1994, Bafana has never lost to the west African nation

- Over 6 encounters, Bafana has beaten Ivory Coast twice and drawn four times

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Bafana Bafana is set to take on Ivory Coast in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match.

In all their 6 encounters, Bafana has never lost to Ivory Coast.

It is an impressive achievement for the South African team, as it dates back to their first match against Ivory Coast in 1994.

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Bafana first versed Ivory Coast on 30 November, 1994 in Port Elizabeth as part of the Four Nations Cup. That match resulted in a 0–0 draw.

Next, the teams went head-to-head on 11 February, 1998 during that year's Afcon. This match would also end in a draw, with one goal each.

According to Sowetan Live, Ivory Coast's Ahmed Ouattara scored the goal that deprived Bafana of victory. However, South Africa was spared a loss due to a goal scored by Helm Mkhalele.

The teams met again in 2002, where they also ended the match in a nil-nil draw. However, Bafana's lack would improve in 2003 at the following year's Afcon, where South Africa beat Ivory Coast 2–1. The win ensured that Bafana would make it to the finals, gathered.

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The team's next pairing was in 2011, which was also a draw, and then 2014, which Bafana won 2–0. With their next match around the corner, Bafana surely hopes their lossless streak continues.

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