Bafana Bafana recently seized a triumphant moment, celebrating a goal scored by Evidence Makgopa against Morocco through an energetic rendition of the Skomota Dance challenge.
In a captivating match at Stade Laurent Pokou on Tuesday, Bafana Bafana displayed a stellar performance, defeating Morocco 2-0 and securing their place in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarterfinals. The goals from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena in the second half paved the way for a showdown with Cape Verde in the upcoming quarterfinal clash scheduled for Saturday.
Bafana’s Strategic Approach Under Broos
Coach Hugo Broos adhered to a consistent lineup that had faced Namibia and Tunisia in the previous two matches. Khuliso Mudau, returning to the starting lineup after an early exit in the goalless draw with Tunisia, contributed to the team’s defensive solidity.
Bafana Bafana adopted a cautious and patient strategy in their build-ups, with Mothobi Mvala’s exceptional defensive display thwarting every attempt by Morocco.
The Offensive Tactics
The team sought to play long balls to Percy Tau and Makgopa, but Morocco’s defense effectively countered these efforts. As confidence grew, Bafana created opportunities, including Mokoena’s dipping shot from outside the box that tested goalkeeper Yassin Bounou.
Makgopa Breaks the Deadlock
Approaching the hour mark, Evidence Makgopa and Themba Zwane exploited the offside trap, securing the opening goal. The teammates expressed their jubilation by incorporating the trending Skomota dance challenge into their celebration before returning to the game.
With time ticking away, Hakimi missed a penalty, escalating Morocco’s frustration. Sofyan Amrabat received a straight red card for fouling Teboho Mokoena, who subsequently converted a free kick, sealing a 2-0 victory for Bafana Bafana.
Fans’ Reactions to the Win and Dance Challenge
The Skomota hashtag dominated X, previously known as Twitter, following Bafana Bafana’s triumph. Fans commended the team not only for their outstanding performance but also for showcasing their dance skills. Here are some post-match comments:
“Bafana Bafana showing love to Skomota – we see you!” – @Menzi_Nxumalo
“Not evidence Makgopa dancing skomota challenge after his goal #AFCON2024” – @derickmoremi