South Africa in the midst of all pressure couldn't make it to the end of the 2013 Afcon which they hosted after their match ended 1 - 1 after extra time at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Siphiwe Tshabalala was the only player to score from the spot for South Africa in a match which saw the host nation take the lead through Tokelo Rantie. But his goal was cancelled out by Seydou Keita early in the second half.
Mali kept their nerve in the shootout, scoring all three of their attempts.
South Africa played like horses and a house set ablaze with Mali getting under pressure.
Then a mistake by Gaxa in the 61st minute allowed Samassa a shot at goal, but Khune saved well. Then it was Mahlangu who went close in the 80th minute after a good combination with Majoro that resulted in a first time effort on goal, which was saved.
The match went into extra time and Mali kept it very tight at the back while there were bodies being thrown on the line by both teams to make sure nobody made a mistake in the extra 30 minutes of play.
Mali kept their nerve in the penalty shootout as South Africa buckled under the pressure and saw three penalty attempts go amiss.