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DRC and South Africa bosses talk up motivation for third place at Cup of Nations

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South Africa head coach Hugo Broos and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Sebastien Desabre on Friday urged their players to make one last push for relative glory and claim third place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa lost in a penalty shoot-out to Nigeria at the Stade de la Paix in Bouaké in the first semi-final on Wednesday while DRC went down 1-0 to Cote d'Ivoire a few hours later at the Alassane Outtara Stadium in Abidjan.

They will play on Saturday night at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan.

"The result will depend a little bit on which team has recovered mentally from what happened in the semi-finals," said South Africa's Broos.

"It was also a disappointing evening from the DRC.

"I hope that the players who start the game for South Africa will be mentally ready to go 100 percent like they did in the six previous games," added the 71-year-old Belgian, who admitted he was not a fan of the play-off match.

'Defending our colours'

"Of course, the game comes after a big disappointment but we are professionals and we have to make the most of this Cup of Nations by finishing third," said DRC's Desabre as his side prepared for the match.

"We're extremely motivated to play for third place," the 47-year-old Frenchman added. "It's an international match in which we'll be defending our country's colours."

"We should be proud of what we've done so far," said DRC defender Dylan Batubinsika.


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