Mali vs South Africa AFCON live score, result, updates from Africa Cup of Nations 2023

South Africa take on Mali in the opening match of Group E in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana Bafana have only lifted the AFCON trophy once and that came on home soil in 1996. 

Mali’s best finish at the competition was then they came runners-up in 1972, they lost to 3-2 to Congo. Jean-Paul M’Bono scored a brace in that final. 

The Sporting News is following the match live, providing score updates and commentary below. 

MORE: AFCON results, scores, group tables 

Mali vs South Africa live score

  Score Goalscorers
Mali
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Mali vs South Africa live updates, highlights from AFCON

30 minutes to KO: And here is the Mali starting XI for you this evening. Diarra (GK) — Traore, Niakate, Kouyate, Sacko — Bissouma, Dieng, Haidara — Doumbia, Koita, Sinayoko.

40 minutes to KO: Here’s the team news for South Africa: Williams (GK) — Modiba, Mvala, Xulu, Mudau — Maseko, Sithole, Mokoena, Tau — Makgopa, Zwane.

1 hour to KO: We should be getting some team news any moment now. We’ll bring it to you straight away!

1 hour 30 mins to KO: If you’re wondering why South Africa have the nickname ‘Bafana Bafana’…

Bafana Bafana comes from the Zulu meaning “the boys, the boys.” It’s a nickname that originates from when the national team was formed in the late 1800s. 

2 hours to KO: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ coverage of day four of AFCON 2023. South Africa are unbeaten in their last six matches and Mali are unbeaten in four. Who you got tonight?

Mali vs South Africa lineups, team news

Mali’s squad was coming together quite nicely had it not been hit by injuries. Atalanta’s El Bilal Toure, Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure and Southampton forward Moussa Djenepo all miss out.

Mali starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Diarra (GK) — Traore, Niakate, Kouyate, Sacko — Bissouma, Dieng, Haidara — Doumbia, Koita, Sinayoko.

Mali subs: To be confirmed

Despite potential injury scares, both Ronwen Williams and Mothobi Mvala are fit to start for Bafana Bafana tonight. 

South Africa starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Williams (GK) — Modiba, Mvala, Xulu, Mudau — Maseko, Sithole, Mokoena, Tau — Makgopa, Zwane.

South Africa subs: Mobbie, Mashego, Appollis, Adams, Monare, Mothwa, Lepasa, Kekana, Sibisi, Mayambela, Goss, Morena

How to watch AFCON 2024

Here’s how to watch AFCON 2024 matches across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA beIN Sports Fubo, beIN Sports Connect, Fanatiz
Canada beIN Sports Canada

Fubo Canada, beIN Sports Connect, Fanatiz

UK Sky Sports, BBC Sport Sky GO, Now TV, BBC iPlayer
Australia beIN Sports beIN Sports
India FanCode

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