AFCON 2024: Bafana Bafana confirmed lineup vs DR Congo – Who replaces Kekana?

South Africa's Bafana Bafana and DR Congo will battle for bronze on Saturday February 10 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Unfortunately, Hugo Broos will not be able to call upon the services of Grant Kekana.

The Mamelodi Sundowns player was sent off in the semi-final against Nigeria's Super Eagles after a foul on Terem Moffi.

Broos has reverted back to his trusty 4-2-3-1 formation, with SuperSport United's Siyanda Xulu taking Kekana's place in the starting XI.

Bafana Bafana confirmed lineup vs DR Congo
Grant Kekana tackles Terem Moffi – Photo by Icon Sport

Also, Nkosinathi Sibisi replaces Mothobi Mvala in Hugo Broos' starting XI. The Orlando Pirates player made his AFCON 2024 debut in the semi-final against Nigeria.

The only other change of note is Percy Tau being dropped to the bench, while Mihlali Mayambela and Thapelo Morena have been given a chance in the starting XI.

Ronwen Williams starts between the sticks. The Masandawana player is still in contention for the Golden Glove, and will be eyeing his fifth clean sheet of the tournament.

These are the confirmed Bafana Bafana lineups vs DR Congo:

Bafana Bafana confirmed lineup vs DR Congo

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Aubrey Modiba, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Siyanda Xulu, Khuliso Mudau.
Midfielders: Sphephelo Sithole, Mihlali Mayambela, Teboho Mokoena, Themba Zwane, Thapelo Morena.
Forwards: Evidence Makgopa.

DR Congo confirmed lineup vs South Africa

On the other hand, Sebastien Desabre has dropped most of his starters for this match. He has also switched to a 4-3-3 formation.

Montpellier's Dimitry Yaka replaces Lionel M'pasi in goal.

With that in mind, this is the DR Congo confirmed lineup vs South Africa:

Goalkeeper: Dimitry Yaka.
Defenders: Joris Ditu, Dylan Batubinsika, Chancel Mbemba, Brian Bayeye.
Midfielders: Aaron Tshibola, Samuel Moutoussamy, Grady Diangana.
Forwards: Silas Mvupa, Simon Banza, Theó Bongonda.

DR Congo confirmed lineup vs South Africa
Photo by Icon Sport

South Africa vs DR Congo will kick-off by 9 pm WAT.

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