South Africa was lost 0 -1 to Ivory Coast in the AFCON 2019 Group D opener on Monday evening.
French Ligue 1 winger Nicolas Pepe struck the crossbar a few moments after the half-hour mark before Kodjia forced a great save from Ronwen Williams. The Ivorians came back again towards the end of the game from a dead-ball situation but were denied superbly by the keeper.
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Bafana Bafana, on their side, never created any trouble for the opposite goalie, managing just four attempts on goal throughout the game of which two went on target. They lacked creativity going forward as all of their attacks were easily thwarted.