Bafana Bafana have been drawn in what is known as the group of death as they make a return to the Afcon tournament, but midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo does not believe they are underdogs.
South Africa will be contesting for a place in the knockout stage of the continental showpiece in a tough Group D against 1976 winners Morocco and two-time champions, the Ivory Coast, as well as neighbours Namibia.
While still one of the three teams in the group who have gone all the way in the tournament before, the top two spots are widely expected to be occupied by the “Elephants” and the “Atlas Lions”, with Bafana having only an outside chance of progressing to the second round.
Underdog status could work in Bafana’s favour
According to Mokotjo, the lack of expectation surrounding him and his teammates could work in their favour.
The Brentford midfielder says the team isis confident in its ability.
“Most of us are going to the Afcon for the first time and night be our last time.
“We fancy our chances. If we are undermined, that would be to our advantage because we know we can play.
“We are not going to the tournament as underdogs, but if we’re looked at as underdogs, that would be an advantage to us.”