Senegal and South Africa will exchange tackles at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Sunday in the 2021 COSAFA Cup final.
Senegal made their debut in the tournament as a guest team and had their worst start, registering a shock 2-1 loss to Namibia in their opener.
The West Africans, however, rallied and dominated Group B to book a semi-final date with Eswatini.
Things started badly for Senegal in the semi-finals as well and they ended up two goals behind at half-time. Two goals in the second half forced the penalty shootout and the Teranga Lions triumphed with a 3-0 shootout victory.
South Africa also dominated their group and secured their place in the final with a convincing 3-0 victory over Mozambique in the semi-final.
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Head to head Senegal vs South Africa
The two teams have traded tackles 10 times in the past and Senegal have a slightly better record.
The Teranga Lions have four wins to their name, while South Africa have won three times.
Their last meeting came in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2017, when Kara Mbodji scored a game-winning goal in added time to give Senegal a 2-1 victory.
Bafana The Bafana are undefeated in six games since their 2-0 loss to Sudan which ended their hopes of qualifying for Afcon.
Senegal have won all four games since that surprise 2-1 reversal against Namibia in their tournament opener.
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Senegal vs South Africa Team News
There are no injury or suspension issues for Senegal.
There are also no worries of suspension or injury for South Africa ahead of the final.
Senegal vs South Africa Predicted XI
Senegal Scheduled XI (4-3-3): Pape Ndiaye (GK); Falilou Fall, El Hadji Kane, Alassane KantÃ©, Woula Sane; Dominique Mendy, Albert DiÃ¨ne, Abou Diop; Pape Djitte, Mohamed Ba, Souabou Gningue
South Africa Predicts XI (4-4-2): Veli Mothwa (GK); Thabani Dube, Rushine De Reuck, Njabulo Ngcobo, Nyiko Mobbie; Sifiso Ngobeni, Yusuf Maart, Monnapule Saleng, Siyethemba Sitheba; Victor Letsoalo, Sphelele Mkhulise
Senegal vs South Africa Prediction
South Africa have a home advantage in their favor and Senegal have shown weakness in defense that is sure to be exploited by the quadruple COSAFA Cup champions.
Both teams are capable of securing a result here, but we expect a narrow victory for South Africa, with goals to be scored from both sides.
Prediction: Senegal 1-2 South Africa
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