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Today marks 20 years since Bafana Bafana bagged the Afcon cup

Bafana Bafana played Tunisia in the final and Mark Williams came from the bench to score two goals.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates with the national squad captain Neil Tovey, holding the trophy, on 3 February, 1996 after South Africa beat Tunisia 2-0 during the Africa Nations Cup soccer final in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - On this day 20 years ago, Bafana Bafana won the African Cup of Nations at the FNB Stadium.

Playing its first major tournament since the abolishment of apartheid rule in 1994, Bafana came out guns blazing, winning two games and losing only one to Egypt in the group stages.

They played against Tunisia in the final and striker Mark Williams came from the bench to score 73rd and 75th minute goals, handing South Africa the victory.

WATCH: The day Bafana Bafana won the Afcon cup

Clive Barker's men scored a total of 11 goals for the entire tournament, eight of those being equally shared between the late John 'Shoes' Moshoeu and Williams.

The other three were scored by Mark Fish, Shawn Bartlett and Phil Masinga.

This victory came less than a year after the Springboks won the iconic 1995 Rugby World, the occasion which many pundits said brought the nation together.

The Mandela Magic appeared to have had permeated throughout the tournament and emboldened the spirit of sports in the country.

As a tradition, the 1995 team and all the surviving members of the team, assembled at Ellis Park last year to commemorate the occasion and took the nation down memory lane - something the South African Football Association (SAFA) failed to do.

While many people might have forgotten about the historic day, it appears less has happened to remember this day from the SAFA's position.

Disappointing to see that nothing of value was done to commemorate the day.