South Africa shocked 10-man Morocco to reach the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final stage on Tuesday night.
Goals from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena secured an unexpected 2-0 win for South Africa over the World Cup semi-finalists Morocco in San Pedro on Tuesday. South Africa now will face Cape Verde in the quarter-final stage in Yamoussoukro on Saturday.
This is the first time since 2019 that the 1996 champions have reached the quarter-final at the AFCON. South Africa failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco, who reached the semi-final at the 2022 World Cup, has not won the Africa Cup of Nations title since 1976.
South Africa opened the scoring in the 57th minute through striker Makgopa. Themba Zwane slipped a pass through to Makgopa, and he calmly slid the ball past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
Morocco was awarded a penalty in the 85th minute after Mothobi Mvala handed the ball. However, Achraf Hakimi missed a late chance to equalise and fired his spot-kick against the crossbar.
Manchester United midfielder Sofyan Amrabat was dismissed in the 94th minute. Teboho Mokoena scored the second goal for South Africa with a free-kick past Bono in the 95th minute to finish the job.