Malabo - Bafana Bafana kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign without history on their side, having won only three of their opening encounters from eight tournaments in which they have participated, SuperSport reports.
The South Africans take on tournament favourites Algeria in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday evening with Mashaba's men also drawn against Ghana and Senegal in one of the toughest groups in the competition.
Against Africa's number-one ranked Desert Warriors, the 12th ranked Bafana team would be looking to register their first opening match win since Afcon 2004 in Tunisia, where they were 2-0 victors over Benin.
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However, victory has not always guaranteed automatic passage into the next round as was proven in that tournament where, despite their positive start, South Africa failed to progress further than the group stages.
The two other occasions where Bafana secured three points from their opening matches were in 1996, when they beat Cameroon 3-0 – in a tournament they hosted and went on to win – and in 2000 when they overcame Gabon 3-1, eventually losing to Nigeria, in Lagos, in the semifinals.
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