Favourites? Baxter won't let rival have last Rohr ahead of clash

Thursday, 11 Jul, 2019

Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside before VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him. The duo of Oghenekharo Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi were solid in the heart of the midfield, intercepting most balls being played by the South Africans midfielders. Will Banafa Banafa make the semi-finals?!

"We have to keep fighting, and against South Africa, we have to adapt to their pace".

Bafana Bafana faced a daunting task of getting past the hosts in the early knockout round and made no mistake, scoring one unanswered goal to stun the Egyptian fans. Stewart Baxter keeping faith in the team!

The German tactician resumes rivalries with Stuart Baxter on Wednesday night, and the stakes this time around are as high as they have ever been, with a place in the last four of the continental showpiece the big prize at the end of the encounter. The team's goal difference is neutral after winning twice by the same scoreline, while Nigeria has displayed more consistency.

The Super Eagles were back to full strength when edging out Cameroon 3-2 at the last-16 stage, with former Watford striker Odion Ighalo bagging a brace and Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi also netting. They could take a huge step to a third title with a win tonight!

"No‚ we'll go into the game as we do every game". They look the most risky players for Bafana Bafana going forward and they have been instrumental, especially in the last game. "I think everybody here has been criticised one way or another but you don't let that get to you", said Ighalo.

William Troost-Ekong's late goal took them into the semi-finals after South Africa scored the first VAR goal in Afcon history.

Nigeria's defender William Ekong celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) quarter final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Cairo worldwide stadium on July 9, 2019. "The players were inspired by the crowd the other evening, but I hope they don't need that sort of crowd to find that sort of inspiration". As ever, join me for all the build-up, team news and goals as they go in!