Africa Cup of Nations 2019: South Africa’s last 16 place

South Africa’s coach Stuart Baxter reacts during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: South Africa’s last 16 place

Bafana Bafana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hopes were hanging by a thread on Tuesday night.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: South Africa’s last 16 place

South Africa’s coach Stuart Baxter reacts during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP

This article will be updated as the log changes. Last update at 22:54 on 2 July.

South Africa’s hopes for a place in the last 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations rested on the outcome in the game between Angola and Mali.

Bafana Bafana woeful in their group fixtures against Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco. They managed just one win from their three group fixtures and had to wait until the final round of group games before knowing their fate.

It wasn’t until the final whistle blew on Tuesday night that they knew how things would unfold.

South Africa needed results in the final round of group games to go their way. And it did. Mali beat Angola 1-0 while Mauritania and Tunisia played out a goalless stalemate. That was just enough to see Stuart Baxter’s men through to the next round. They progress as one of the four “best third placed teams”.

South Africa will face Egypt on the last 16 fixtures. You can see a full list of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations last 16 fixtures, including dates and kick off times, here.

The expanded format of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations means that every goal and every point was critical.

Read an explanation on how the last 16 places at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are decided here.

Fixtures, teams and results for all groups

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Last 16 qualified teams

  • Egypt
  • Nigeria
  • Algeria
  • Morocco
  • Madagascar
  • Uganda
  • Ivory Coast
  • Senegal
  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Benin
  • DR Congo
  • Guinea
  • South Africa
  • Mali
  • Tunisia

Teams eliminated from the tournament

  • Tanzania
  • Burundi
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Angola
  • Mauritania

 Last 16: Best third-place standings

The top four teams on this table will progress to the last 16. These are the final standings at the conclusion of the group games.

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
Guinea311143+14
DR Congo31024403
Benin30302203
South Africa310212-13
Kenya310237-43
Angola302112-12

This table will change as and when the results of the matches influencing these standings filter through.