Bafana Bafana struck late to take Nigeria to extra time in their last-four clash, and then survived a few minutes with ten men to force penalties. They could not get the job done from the spot though, as the Super Eagles reached the final with a 4-2 shootout win.
As for DR Congo, it was less dramatic as they were edged out by hosts Ivory Coast, with Sebastian Haller scoring the only goal of that semi-final encounter.
DR Congo finished third at AFCON in 2015, beating Equatorial Guinea on penalties, while this is the first time South Africa have played in this match since edging past Tunisia in 2000 to take bronze.
Date, kick-off time and venue
South Africa vs DR Congo is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off tonight, Saturday, February 10, 2024.
The Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan will host the match.
Where to watch South Africa vs DR Congo
TV channel: The third place play-off will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports football, with coverage getting underway at 7:45pm GMT ahead of kick-off 15 minutes later.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the final action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
South Africa vs DR Congo team news
South Africa XI: Williams; Mudau, Xulu, Sibisi, Modiba; Sihole, Mokena, Zwane; Mayambela, Makgopa, Morena
DR Congo XI: Yaka; Kifutu, Buduka, Tshibola, Diangana, Moutoussamy, Bongonda, Kotompa, Ditu, Mbemba, Bokote
South Africa vs DR Congo prediction
DR Congo have conceded five goals in six matches at the tournament, while the South Africa defence has only been breached three times.
It would be a surprise if either side really opened up now, even if the pressure is off to a degree, and it could be another long, tight encounter. Bafana Bafana were so close to reaching the final, and are fancied to end their AFCON run on a high.
South Africa to win in extra-time.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The two nations met in a friendly in September, with South Africa picking up a 1-0 win.
South Africa wins: 3
DR Congo wins: 1
South Africa vs DR Congo match odds
South Africa to finish third: 6/5
DR Congo to finish third: 8/13
Odds via Betfair. Subject to change.