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1996, Bafana Bafana’s triumphant entry to world football

After a long period of exile, South Africa returned to continental participation, and their first ever Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 1996 was a one that will last forever in the memories of their people.

Bafana Bafana amazed the world at home with breathtaking performances that was capped by nothing but the title itself.

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South Africa 1996

South Africa opened the tournament with a huge 3-0 victory over giants Cameroon to send a message that they mean business.

A 1-0 victory over neighbors Angola was followed by same score defeat to Egypt that didn’t stop them from reaching the next round.

In the quarterfinals they managed a hard fought 2-1 win over Algeria to reach the semis, where they produced another amazing performance to defeat Ghana 3-0.

In front of more than 80,000 supporters, Mark Williams scored twice in two minutes as Bafana Bafana defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 2-0 in the final to be crowned champions on their debut appearance.

Coach: Clive Barker

Final: South Africa 2-0 Tunisia

Top Scorer: John “Shoes” Moshoeu, Mark Williams (4 goals)

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The report was initially published on the CAF Website.

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