(SPORTING ALERT) — A repeat of the 2002 quarter-finals is set for Saturday when South Africa take on Mali in their Africa Cup of Nations last eight clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
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Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban
Date: Saturday 2 February
Kick-off: 18:30 GMT
Coverage: Live TV coverage on Eurosport and ITV
Mali came away with the victory on the day and their captain and former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has promised to help pay the team bonus if his team got past the hosts and booked a semifinal spot.
“You cannot imagine how moved and happy I am to be here today and be able to play a match that will bring joy to my country,” a delighted Keita said.
“This is priceless. Money doesn’t matter in such moments.
“There might still be some disagreement over the bonuses for the semi-finals, but we said we will work it out.
“I, myself, actually told the sports minister that if we made it to the semi-finals and that there was still a disagreement over the bonuses, I could myself contribute to these bonuses.”
Mali coach Patrice Carteron has also called on his players deliver for the fans back home.
“Everyone expects South Africa to reach the semi-finals,” he said.
“We have nothing to lose and will try to upset the home team.
“Malians back home have not had much to cheer about apart from the Cup of Nations and we will be playing for them.”
South Africa, in the meantime, tied 2-2 with Morocco to top Group A, but coach Gordon Igesund expects a good game with Mali.
“Mali are a talented team with very good players. They play differently from the other sides we have met so far,” Igesund said.
“They like to slow things down, they like to knock the ball around.
“The Malians are all big boys. I watched them draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo and all 11 are tall.
“We have to use the ball well, keep it on the ground, get behind them.”