South Africa were the last team to book their ticket to Egypt, after a 2-1 away win over Libya in Sfax (Tunisia) to wind up the qualifying phase. It marked a return to the big stage for the 1996 champions after their no-show in 2017 in Gabon.
South Africa are participating in their 10th Africa Cup of Nations, appearing in the final in both of their first two editions in 1996 and 1998, winning it on their debut. However, South Africa have failed to get out of the group stage in four of their last five participations.
South Africa remained unbeaten in the 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign (3 wins, 3 draws), scoring 11 goals and conceding just twice. In fact, South Africa kept clean sheets in each of their opening four games.
Percy Tau was South Africa’s top goalscorer in 2019 AFCON qualifying, scoring four goals; double the amount of any other player for the nation.