Percy Tau will be key for Bafana Bafana tonight against Mali

Percy Tau will be key for Bafana Bafana tonight against Mali. Photo via @BafanaBafana (X)

VIDEO: Percy Tau misses penalty for Bafana Bafana!

Bafana Bafana were handed a golden opportunity to take an early lead against Mali in their Africa Cup of Nations clash but…

Percy Tau will be key for Bafana Bafana tonight against Mali

Percy Tau will be key for Bafana Bafana tonight against Mali. Photo via @BafanaBafana (X)

Bafana Bafana began their quest for continental glory against Mali on Tuesday night at the Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute after Evidence Makgopa was impeded in the box following a VAR check.

Percy Tau stepped up to take the penalty; however, the Bafana star put his spot kick over the crossbar! Take a look at his penalty kick below.

At the time of posting, the scoreline read 0-0 after 25 minutes of play.

Can’t get yourself to a television screen? Here’s how you can watch tonight’s match between Bafana and Mali LIVE online!

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Bafana vs Mali: How to watch

Tonight’s AFCON match between Bafana and Mali gets under way at 22:00 SAST. The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL and SABC1.

If you can’t get yourself to a television screen, you can watch the match LIVE online on SABC+!

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South Africa XI: Williams, Mudau, Xulu, Mvala, Modiba, Mokoena, Sithole, Maseko, Tau, Zwane, Makgopa.

Subs: Mothwa, Goss, Mobbie, Mashego, Appollis, Adams, Monare, Lepasa, Kekana, Sibisi, Mayambela, Morena.

Mali XI: Djigui, Hamari Traoré, Kouyate, Niakaté, Sacko, Doumbia, Haidara, Dieng, Bissouma, Sinayoko, Koita.

Bafana are then in action against Namibia on 21 January 2024 at 22:00 SAST.

South Africa’s final group stage match takes place on 24 January 2024 at 19:00 SAST against Tunisia.

Bafana Bafana will be based in Korhogo, Ivory Coast, for their three group matches, which will all take place at the world-class Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.

We have to pass the group stages – Broos

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“If we don’t pass the group stages, we will not be happy,” Bafana coach Hugo Broos said, as quoted by TimesLive.

“Passing the group stages has to be our first goal, but it is the most difficult thing to do in the tournament. You are playing against three opponents who are 100% motivated. They’re 100% physically and mentally in order and they also want to pass the group stages.

“In a tournament everything is important. But let’s focus from the start on the group stages and try to qualify Bafana to the next round.”