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Which SA Line-Up Vs Denmark Was Better – '98 Or '16?

Sunday night's fixture against Denmark wasn't the first time South Africa faced the Scandinavian side in a competition, with Bafana Bafana having faced them at the 1998 World Cup. But which starting XI was better?

The first fixture was South Africa's second World Cup game after being readmitted into the football federations, and it saw Benni McCarthy score past Peter Schmeichel to secure a 1-1 draw.

While Philippe Troussier was able to field his best talents with no age restrictions during the tournament, Owen Da Gama’s squad was packed with U23 players due to Olympic rules.

Still, the current crop of players is meant to represent South Africa's best emerging talent, and they managed to pull off a valiant display in the goalless draw to hosts Brazil.

Here is a look at the 1998 line-up that faced Denmark, and the more recent starting XI that faced the Danes in Rio. 

Bafana Bafana 1998:
GK: Hans Vonk

DF: David Nyathi

DF: Mark Fish

DF: Lucas Radebe (c)

DF: Pierre Issa

MF: Quinton Fortune

MF: John Moshoeu

MF: Helman Mkhalele

FW: Shaun Bartlett

FW: Brendan Augustine

FW: Benni McCarthy 

SA U23 2016:
GK: Itumeleng Khune

DF: Tebogo Moerane

DF: Abbubaker Mobara

DF: Rivaldo Coetzee

DF: Erick Mathoho

MF: Deolin Mekoa

MF: Kwanda Mngonyama

MF: Keagan Dolly (c)

MF: Gift Motupa

MF: Aubrey Modiba

FW: Lebo Mothiba 

Which line-up do you think was best out of these two teams?


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