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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soccer Unites Nation

JOHANNESBURG () -- South Africa is heavily favored to beat Tunisia in the African Nations' Cup final in Johannesburg on Saturday, knowing that victory will have ramifications much further afield than just the soccer pitch.

The home team, playing in its first Nations' Cup finals tournament, have captured the country's imagination in much the same way as the Springbok rugby team helped close South Africa's long-standing racial divide after its World Cup win last ear.

"The team has succeeded in uniting the people of the country," said captain Neil Tovey on the eve of the match.

"Now we have to go out and win for the people."

South Africa, which thrashed pre-tournament favorite Ghana 3-0 in Wednesday's semifinal, play a Tunisian side which has already long exceeded the expectations set for it at this tournament.