Bafana Bafana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group-stage qualifier has been finalised with Sao Tome e Principe earning a historic victory over Mauritius.
The South African national team have been placed in Group C alongside Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome e Principe, who made history by overcoming Mauritius 3-1 in the first round of the preliminary stage followed by a 2-1 victory in the second leg for a 5-2 win on aggregate.
The 48 remaining teams have been divided into 12 groups of four teams each. The top two sides from each group will book tickets to the 2021 showpiece in Cameroon.
Bafana will kickstart their campaign with an away trip Ghana on Friday, 15 November in Kumasi, and will then host Sudan four days later (Tuesday, 19 November) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The 2021 Afcon qualifiers will then take a nine-month break. When the competition resumes in 2020, South Africa will play back-to-back matches against Sao Tome in the week of 31 August and 8 September on a home-and-away basis.
In October 2020 Bafana will host Ghana and in the final match of the qualifiers in November, Molefi Ntseki’s charges will travel to Sudan.
Take a look at the confirmed groups for Cameroon 2021 Afcon qualifiers:
Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Chad
Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan
Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Sao Tome
Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, The Gambia
Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, Central African Republic, Burundi
Group F: Cameroon (Q), Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda
Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros
Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, eSwatini
Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea
Group K: Ivory Coast, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia
Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho.
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