Bafana Bafana vs Algeria: Lineups, stats and 3 players to watch

Bafana Bafana vs Algeria: Lineups, stats and 3 players to watch
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Sparks will fly as Bafana Bafana vs Algeria go head to head on Tuesday March 26. Which of these outfits will come out on top at the end of this match?

Probable Bafana Bafana vs Algeria lineups

These are our probable Bafana Bafana vs Algeria lineups:

Bafana Bafana

Goalkeeper: Ricardo Goss.
Defenders: Thapelo Morena, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Tapelo Xoki, Terrence Mashego.
Midfielders: Mondli Mbanjwa, Goodman Mosele, Thabang Monare, Elias Mokwena.
Strikers: Patrick Maswanganyi, Khanyisa Erick Mayo.

Algeria

Goalkeeper: Anthony Mandrea.
Defenders: Youcef Atal, Aïssa Mandi, Ramy Besenbaini, Rayan Aït Nouri.
Midfielders: Farés Chaïbi, Nabil Bentaleb, Ramiz Zerrouki, Yacine Brahimi.
Strikers: Amine Gouiri, Baghdad Bounedjah.

Bafana Bafana vs Algeria lineups
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Bafana Bafana vs Algeria stats

  • Bafana Bafana impressed at AFCON 2023, winning bronze.
  • In contrast, Algeria crashed out in the group stages of the Nations Cup.
  • Interestingly, Algeria lost just once in their last 16 matches across all competitions.
  • South Africa did not concede in five of their last seven games.
  • Both teams have met four times since their first encounter in 1996.
  • Both teams have a win apiece, with two draws between them.
  • The most recent clash between these teams took place at AFCON 2015.

Bafana Bafana vs Algeria: players to watch

These are a few players you should keep an eye out for when Bafana Bafana and Algeria go toe-to-toe with each other:

Baghdad Bounedjah

Although Algeria failed to make it past the group stages of AFCON 2023, Baghdad Bounedjah did his best, scoring three times in three group games.

Interestingly, he has not been able to find his scoring boots since he returned to Al Sadd after the Nations Cup.

Bounedjah is now without a goal in his last seven appearances for club and country. He'll hope to get back to scoring ways on Tuesday.

Bafana Bafana vs Algeria
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Amine Gouiri

By this time last year, Amine Gouiri had not earned his first cap for Algeria. As a matter of fact, he represented France's youth teams up until June last year.

While Gouiri took part in Algeria's 2026 World Cup qualifiers, he was left out of the team's AFCON 2023 squad.

That said, the Stade Rennais player has been in sensational form lately, as he was directly involved in at least one goal in his last four appearances for club and country.

Gouiri opened the scoring in Algeria's hard-fought 3-2 victory over Bolivia a few days ago, his first goal for the country. He'll fancy his chances against Bafana Bafana.

Ricardo Goss

Another player to watch is Supersport United's Ricardo Goss. The 29-year-old was on the bench for the entirety of AFCON 2023, as Bafana Bafana won bronze.

He was also called up for the teams March friendlies, and got the start instead of Ronwen Williams.

Unfortunately, Goss failed to impress, as he conceded twice. He has not been able to keep a clean sheet in his last 21 appearances for club and country (Goss' last clean sheet was in September last year). It'll be fascinating to see if he can make a statement against a tough Algeria side.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

Kelechi is a huge sports fan with over 10 years of betting experience. He has written thousands of match previews on football, tennis, basketball and American football in the past few years.