Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa scored a second half goal as Ivory Coast defeated South Africa in the opening group D of match day 4 of the 2019 Total African Cup of Nation.
An inexperienced Bafana Bafana were phenomenal in the first half after they accomplished a mission in limiting the attacking powers of the Ivorians.
Nicolas Pepe was denied a goal after he struck a well curled freekick to hit the woodwork in the first half, while Thulani Hlatshwayo headed inches over the bar for South Africa with the score still goalless.
Kodjia redeemed his Image after he had missed a sitter to slip the ball in between goalkeeper Ronwen Williams feet and break the deadlock of the game to give the Ivorians the three needed point to boost their campaign for a third AFCON title in the first half of the game to slip.
Pepe later came close in making it double but a brilliant one handed save from Williams in another curled freekick prevented the ball from going into the net.
Hlatshwayo had the best chance to equalize the goal for the south Africans when his header off Kamohelo Mokotjo cross from the left went off target in the second half
The Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire will play the Atlas Lions of Morocco on Friday June 28,2019.HerveRenard will come up against his he led to the 2015 title
The man of the match was awarded to the Serge Aurier of Ivory coast.
Story by: James Eshun|universnewsroom.com