South Africa vs DR Congo: Lineups, stats, prediction – AFCON 2023

South Africa vs DR Congo: Lineups, stats, prediction – AFCON 2023
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Sparks will fly as South Africa vs DR Congo takes place on Saturday February 10, at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Both teams lost in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) semi-finals, so they'll contend with each other for third-place. Who will reign supreme when all is said and done?

Predicted South Africa vs DR Congo lineups

Grant Kekana was sent off in Bafana Bafana‘s loss to Nigeria's Super Eagles, so he'll be unavailable for selection. Thapelo Maseko is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.

On the other hand, DR Congo have no new absentees heading into this clash.

Both teams are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game.

That said, these are our predicted South Africa vs DR Congo lineups:

South Africa

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Khuliso Mudau, Siyanda Xulu, Mothobi Mvala, Aubrey Modiba.
Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Sphephelo Sithole, Thapelo Morena, Themba Zwane, Percy Tau.
Strikers: Evidence Makgopa.

DR Congo

Goalkeeper: Lionel M'pasi.
Defenders: Arthur Masuaku, Henoc Inonga, Chancel Mbemba, Gedeon Kalulu.
Midfielders: Samuel Moutoussamy, Aaron Tshibola, Yoane Wissa, Theó Bongonda, Meschack Elia.
Strikers: Cédric Bakambu.

South Africa vs DR Congo lineups
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Confirmed South Africa vs DR Congo lineups

South Africa

South Africa
4-2-3-1
1
Ronwen Williams
za
20
Khuliso Johnson Mudau
za
5
Siyanda Xulu
za
19
Nkosinathi Sibisi
za
6
Aubrey Modiba
za
4
Teboho Mokoena
za
13
Sphephelo Sithole
za
21
Mihlali Mayambela
za
11
Themba Zwane
za
23
Thapelo Morena
za
9
Evidence Makgopa
za
Substitutes
2
Nyiko Mobbie
za
3
Terrence Mashego
za
22
Ricardo Goss
za
17
Zakhele Lepasa
za
7
Oswin Appollis
za
15
Thabang Monare
za
16
Veli Mothwa
za
8
Jayden Adams
za

Congo DR

cd
4-3-3
8
Samuel Moutoussamy
cd
10
Theo Bongonda
cd
5
Dylan Batubinsika
cd
4
Brian Jephte Bayeye
cd
6
Aaron Tshibola
cd
12
Kayembe
cd
11
Silas Katompa Mvumpa
cd
16
Dimitry Bertaud
cd
23
Simon Banza
cd
7
Grady Diangana
cd
22
Chancel Mbemba
cd
Substitutes
21
Baggio Siadi Ngusia
cd
2
Henock Inonga
cd
1
Lionel Nzau Mpasi
cd
17
Cedric Bakambu
cd
15
Rocky Bushiri
cd
26
Arthur Masuaku
cd
27
Omenuke Mfulu
cd
18
Charles Pickel
cd
20
Yoane Wissa
cd
24
Gedeon Kalulu
cd
13
Mechak Elia
cd
19
Fiston Kalala Mayele
cd

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

South Africa vs DR Congo stats

These are some South Africa vs DR Congo stats that might interest you:

  • This will be the sixth meeting between South Africa and DR Congo.
  • South Africa and DR Congo will meet for the third time at the AFCON.
  • South Africa have a perfect two wins from two at the Nations Cup vs DR Congo.
  • South Africa won three of five previous encounters between these outfits, losing just once.
  • The first South Africa vs DR Congo clash took place in February 1998.
  • The most recent South Africa vs DR Congo meeting was played in September 2023.
  • South Africa did not concede in four of their six games at AFCON 2023, no team has more clean sheets at this tournament.
South Africa vs DR Congo lineups
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South Africa vs DR Congo prediction

In six matches at this tournament, DR Congo managed to win just one at the end of regulation time.

They played out three consecutive draws in the group stages, and their most impressive win at AFCON 2023 was when they defeated an underperforming Egypt on penalties.

By comparison, Bafana Bafana have fared a lot better, beating an in-form Morocco comfortably, and holding their own against Nigeria's Super Eagles.

Keeping in mind that South Africa have a 100 percent win record against DR Congo at the Nations Cup, we are backing them to claim the bronze medal.

On that note, our South Africa vs DR Congo prediction is a victory for Bafana Bafana.

Where to watch South Africa vs DR Congo live

Bafana Bafana fans who reside in South Africa can catch all the action live on SABC Sport and Supersport.

On the other hand, RTNC, New World Sport1, Supersport and AfroSport TV will broadcast this match for those who live in DR Congo.

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.