Africa's only team left at World Cup set to do battle with Bafana Bafana in 2023

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Yassine Bounou (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Yassine Bounou (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Bafana Bafana will welcome giant killers Morocco to South Africa next year for what could be an important encounter for Hugo Broos' charges in qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Atlas Lions have already qualified for the tournament, claiming convincing victories against Group K opponents Liberia and Bafana Bafana earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe have been disqualified from qualifying for Afcon following political involvement in their football.

South Africa shocked Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in June, after Lyle Foster gave the visitors an early lead.

However, the home side, with 65% ball possession, clawed their way back into the tie to win 2-1 as Achraf Hakimi wreaked havoc the Bafana defence.

In March, Bafana will face Liberia in back-to-back home-and-away fixtures, with the date, kick-off times and venues still to be confirmed.

SA could qualify for the Africa's biggest football tournament if they secure victories in both matches and it would take the pressure off Bafana and coach Broos heading into their final group match against Morocco in June.

The Moroccans have been in stunning form at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, bringing much delight to Africa as they are the only country remaining in the tournament from the 54 nation continent.

On Tuesday, the Atlas Lions pulled off an emphatic 3-0 penalty shootout victory against Spain to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, for the first time in the nation's history.

The North African nation stunned world football in Qatar by finishing top of their group, earning a goalless draw against 2018 finalists Croatia, and beating European giants Belgium.

They have taken that form into the knockout rounds, downing 2010 champions to set up a mouth-watering clash against Portugal on Saturday.

But next year, Morocco will shift their focus to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, with the hope of going all the way to final to win gold.

*The tournament has been pushed to 2024 January, takes place in Ivory Coast

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