A goalless draw in the Four Nations Cup in Port Elizabeth would start the rivalry between the sides as Bafana battled to break down their opponents with a side missing the Leeds United duo of Lucas Radebe and Phil Masinga.
Brendan Augustine‚ Augustine Makalakalane and Marks Maponyane provided the attacking threat‚ but could not break through.
February 11‚ 1998
South Africa (1) 1 (Mkhalele 8’ pen)
Ivory Coast (0) 1 (Ouattara 88’)
This was the second pool game for the sides at the 1998 Afcon finals and would end in a draw as a late Ahmed Ouattara equaliser denied Bafana full points.
They had taken the lead following an early penalty from Helman Mkhalele‚ after Pollen Ndlanya had been fouled in the box having been fed by Brandon Silent.
Both Ndlanya and Shoes Moshoeu struck the post after that‚ but at the other end Brian Baloyi put in a Man of the Match display in the Bafana goals.
His resistance finally broke when Ouattara headed home what was ultimately a deserved equaliser.
Both teams would qualify from the pool.