Striker Jonathan Kodjia struck 26 minutes from time to hand the Ivory Coast a 1-0 win over South Africa.
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South Africa are set to turn to lanky striker Lars Veldwijk as a surprise choice to lead their attack when they take on the Ivory Coast at Afcon.
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