Pitso Mosimane Picks Sundowns Star for Praise After South Africa Eliminates Morocco

Pitso Mosimane Picks Sundowns Star for Praise After South Africa Eliminates Morocco

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • South Africa are through to the quarter-finals of AFCON 2023
  • Bafana Bafana eliminated World Cup semi-finalists Morocco
  • Sundowns star Teboho Mokoena was adjudged Man of the Match

Pitso Mosimane has applauded Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teboho Mokoena after starring in South Africa's victory over Morocco in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 1996 champions surprised the top-ranked team on the continent after strolling to a 2-0 win in San Pedro to advance into the quarter-finals.

Mokoena scored the goal that sealed Bafana Bafana's fate in the 94th minute as South Africa set up a clash against Cape Verde in the final eight.

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Teboho Mokoena celebrates his goal against Morocco in the round of 16. Credit: @TheRealPitso Getty Images/ Sia Kambou
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The Sundowns star was adjudged Player of the Match after following his masterful display at the heart of midfield.

Mosimane, who recently joined Abha FC, took to social media to sing the praises of the midfielder.

"Tebogo Mokoena! What a player. The free kick he scored, was just the icing on the cake! He stepped on every grass leaf on the pitch. Bossing the midfield. No arguments, SA is one of the most tactically disciplined teams in the tournament. No frills, just grinding," he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The experienced gaffer went on to praise the coach, Hugo Broos, and the technical team for delivering the victory for South Africans.

"Credit to Hugo Broos and Helman Mkhalele. Their team works very hard and is tactically disciplined. One step at a time, we still have a road to travel, feet on the ground but we can celebrate this hard-earned victories," he added.

South Africa are hoping to end a 28-year wait for the Nations Cup title, per the BBC.

South Africa eliminated Morocco from AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Bafana Bafana of South Africa have defeated favourites Morocco to advance to the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d'Ivoire.

Goals from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena in the second half for Bafana Bafana, with a late Achraf Hakimi penalty miss ensured South Africa beat Morocco for the second time since the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Since becoming the first African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar two years ago, Morocco have lost two of 13 matches.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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