Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo lineups, 3 predictions – 2023 friendly

Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo lineups, 3 predictions – 2023 friendly
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Another cracking game at the Orlando Stadium will see Bafana Bafana take on DR Congo in an international friendly on Tuesday evening. Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00 SAST, 12 September 2023.

Bafana Bafana maintained their unbeaten run under Hugo Broos following their goalless draw against Namibia a few days ago. South Africa were by far the better side in that game but just unable to make their dominance count.

Broos' team will be looking to have another good game as they come against a DR Congo side who are better than their last opponents, Namibia.

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The Congo team who recently sealed qualification for the AFCON, will be a good test for Bafana Bafana as both teams continue preparations for Africa's most important football tournament.

Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo probable lineups

Here is how we think both teams will line up in this friendly clash:

Bafana Bafana

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams
Defenders: Thabiso Monyane, Grant Kekana, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Innocent Maela
Midfielders: Grant Margeman, Mlungisi Mbunjana, Pule Mmodi
Forwards: Monnapule Saleng, Zakhele Lepasa, Percy Tau

DR Congo

Goalkeeper: Lionel M'pasi
Defenders: Gedeon Kalulu, Chancel Mbemba, Dylan Batubinsika, Arthur Masuaku
Midfielders: Charles Pickel, Samuel Moutoussamy, Theo Bongonda, Gael Kakuta
Forwards: Meschack Elia, Cedric Bakambu

Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo confirmed lineups

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo predictions

This international friendly promises to be a cracking game as both countries have key players amongst their ranks.

Prediction 1: DR Congo win or Draw

DR Congo are coming into this match in a much better form than their host. Sebastien Desabre's team have been unbeaten in their last six games, with five wins on that stretch. They recently came off a 2-0 win over Sudan in their last game of the AFCON qualifiers last Saturday. While Bafana Bafana have remained unbeaten under Hugo Broos watch, we're not confident enough to give them a win against a very good DR Congo side.

Prediction 2: First Half Goal

While Bafana Bafana have failed to score in their last friendly against the Brave Warriors of Namibia to extend their lack of fortune in front of the goal to two matches, the Leopards have netted in all of their last six games; and have scored in the first half of their last five matches. It's going to be a tough match for either side, still we fancy there will be at least a goal before the break.

Bafana Bafana in action
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Prediction 3: Less Than Three Goals

This friendly match will be contested by two teams who want to win with a little bit of a bragging right to cherish; and that raises the prospect of a keenly contested affair at the Orlando Stadium that'll likely end in an under-scoring result. It's important to mention that these two teams have played under 2.5 in their last two games respectively; we'll also like to remind you that Bafana Bafana have not scored in their last two involvements, as such, this game looks set to end on a low-scoring note.

Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo Head-to-Head

In the head-to-head stats, Bafana Bafana and DR Congo have met in four previous matches dating back to 1998. South Africa have claimed two wins compared to one for the Leopards, while one game has been drawn.

Where to watch Bafana Bafana vs DR Congo live in South Africa

You can catch all the action from this friendly match live on South African Broadcasting Corporation sports channel (SABC 1), and SuperSport PSL channel on Tuesday evening.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.