Bafana Bafana scraped through to the knock-out stage of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament thanks to Mali.

The North West Africans advanced to the last 16 as Group E winners after they defeated Angola 1 – 0 at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt on Tuesday night.

Mali will go on to face Ivory Coast in the next round on Monday.

South Africa managed to sneak through with Angola’s loss, joining Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin as the best four third-placed teams after the group stage.

Bafana Bafana will face hosts Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening.