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South Africa vs Mozambique Predictions & Tips - Bafana Bafana to reach final against goal-shy rivals

  • South Africa vs Mozambique Predictions for Friday’s COSAFA Cup semi-final
  • Match is being played at 4pm BST at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • South Africa have seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 10 home matches
  • I am backing South Africa to win to nil
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Ralph Staniforth 16 Jul 2021
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South Africa vs Mozambique Predictions


South Africa have been excellent thus far and have not conceded in their last four matches. Our best bet is for this match to see under 2.5 goals and a home win.

  • South Africa have won 7 of their last 11 home matches (all competitions).
  • South Africa have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 4 matches (COSAFA Cup).
  • South Africa have seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 10 home matches (all competitions).
  • Mozambique have lost 5 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Mozambique have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


South Africa hold a 3-0 advantage against Mozambique across four previous meetings with one draw.

The sides last met in a friendly in 2016 as the match ended 1-1 in Mozambique.

South Africa Form


Bafana Bafana are five matches unbeaten since their failed AFCON 2022 qualification campaign.

A 3-2 win against Uganda was followed by successive 1-0 victories in the COSAFA Cup against Botswana and Eswatini. South Africa then beat Lesotho 4-0 as debutant Victor Letsoalo scored a hat-trick.

With a 24 hour turnaround, Bafana Bafana rested a number of players for their last match against Zambia. An uneventful match ended goalless after 90 minutes but the hosts had already qualified for the semi's.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa, Lincoln Vyver
Defenders: Rushine De Reuck, Nyiko Mobbie, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Ngobeni, Basil Mphahlele, Austin Dube, Vusi Sibiya, Ayabulela Konqobe
Midfielders: Masilake Pholongo, Ethan Brooks, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart, Lebohang Maboe
Strikers:  Thabang Sibanyoni, Monnapule Saleng, Kagiso Malinga, Victor Letsoalo

South Africa rested several key players against Zambia including goalkeeper Veli Mothwa and top centre-back Rushine De Reuck.

Caretaker coach Morena Ramoreboli will likely recall Victor Letsoalo after his hat-trick on debut against Lesotho. Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lebohang Maboe and Sphelele Mkhulise will start in midfield.

Mozambique Form


Mozambique came into the COSAFA Cup having not won in five matches. They started their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe, a match in which Mozambique missed a number of early chances.

A 1-0 defeat to Senegal followed before winning 2-0 against Malawi. Vitinho and Francisco Simbine netted in that fixture.

Mozambique's Melque Alexandre scored in the 81st minute in their last match against Namibia to secure a 1-0 win. That result secured them a semi-final spot.

Mozambique Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Ernan Siluane, Victor Guambe
Defenders: Cigano, Francisco Simbine, Danilo, Martinho, Pelembe, Macaime
Midfielders: Shaquille, Abel Nhantumbo, Candinho, Jesus, Salas, Nilton, Mapangane
Attackers: Dilson, Vitinho, Mare, Estevao Novela, Melque Alexandre, Macaime

Coach Horacio Goncalves could hand a start to forward Melque Alexandre after his winner in the last match. Macaime picked up an injury in the last match and is a doubt ahead of the semi-final.

Top defender Francisco Simbine could also miss out after hobbling off injured in the win against Namibia.

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Verdict

This match is tipped to see under 2.5 goals with South Africa winning to nil. A 1-0 win for Bafana Bafana is the most likely result.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-149.25 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: South Africa Win To Nil @200.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: South Africa Win 1-0 Correct Score @500.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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