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Bafana head-to-head with Congo

Bafana Bafana travel to Congo Brazzaville as they continue their Afcon qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba prepares for Afcon 2015. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana will look to continue their great record against Congo when they clash in an all-important African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on Saturday.

It will be the ninth meeting between the two sides since 1992.

South Africa hold a slight edge, having won four of the previous meetings, while Congo have won three wins to their credit.

Saturday's game will take place in the coastal village of Port-Noire where Bafana Bafana have done well in previous years..

The sides have played against each other 4 times at the tiny 15 thousand seat Stade Municipal stadium in Port-Noire, with Bafana winning there on two occasion.

Coach Shakes Mashaba will draw confidence from the fact that each time South Africa have been drawn in the same Nations Cup qualifier group - Bafana have gone on to advance to the tournament proper.

Players to look out for in the Congo squad:

• Goalkeeper Barel Mouko plays his club football in France for Lille. He has however been a reserve to regular goalkeeper Steeve Elana. Mouko is however a regular for his national side.

• Former Orlando Pirates defender Fabry Destin Makita-Passy is a key figure in the Congolese defence, having played 40 times for his country.

• Veteran defender Christopher Samba, who plays for Russian side Dynamo Moscow is a highly rated defender at both club and national level. Samba played the majority of his career in England, for Blackburn Rovers, netting 16 times. Samba will pose a threat for the Bafana defenders, particularly when defending corners.

SA record v Congo: P8 W4 D3 L1 GF6 GA4

Matches:

24/10/1992: World Cup qualifier, Johannesburg: SA 1-0 Congo

31/01/1993: World Cup qualifier, Pointe Noire: Congo 0-1 SA

06/04/1997: World Cup qualifier, Pointe Noire: Congo 2-0 SA

16/08/1997: World Cup qualifier, Johannesburg: SA 1-0 Congo

03/09/2000: AFCON qualifier, Port Noire: Congo 1-2 SA

17/06/2001: AFCON qualifier, Johannesburg: SA 0-0 Congo

02/09/2006: AFCON qualifier, Johannesburg: SA 0-0 Congo

17/06/2007: AFCON qualifier, Pointe Noire: Congo 1-1 SA