South Africa's Xulu proud of AFCON 2023 performance ahead of DR Congo clash

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 9 Feb 2024

South African defender Siyanda Xulu expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance and progress in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) during a statement on Friday.

South African defender Siyanda Xulu


Xulu's remarks come as South Africa prepares to face DR Congo in the third-place decider of AFCON 2023.

After losing to Nigeria in the semifinals through penalty kicks on Wednesday, the Bafana Bafana will now compete against DR Congo on Saturday for the third-place position.

"We had a clear objective as a team. We aimed to go as far as possible," Xulu stated during the pre-game press conference.

He further emphasized the team's belief in their abilities, particularly acknowledging the unwavering support from their coach.

South Africa concluded the group stage of AFCON 2023 as runners-up in Group E, securing four points with victories over Namibia and a draw against Tunisia, but suffering a loss against Mali.

In the round of 16, they triumphed over Morocco with a 2-0 win and secured a hard-fought spot in the semifinals by defeating Cape Verde in a penalty shootout.

This marked South Africa's first appearance in the semifinals since 2000.

"Reaching the semifinals is a dream come true," Siyanda Xulu expressed.

While their ultimate goal of winning the tournament could not be realized, Xulu believes the team's performance is a source of pride.

"We may not have brought the trophy home, but we can hold our heads high," concluded the South African defender.

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