South Africa - Africa Cup of Nations - 10 July 2019


We're expecting another tight tussle in Cairo and 39/20 for a draw after normal time is our initial Nigeria vs South Africa prediction.

Nigeria took a step closer to becoming Africa Cup of Nations champions after Ronwen Williams' late error gifted William Troost-Ekong a late victor in a 2-1 triumph over South Africa in Wednesdays' quarter-final.

"The Nigerians are one of the best teams on the continent", Baxter said. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee.

Against the fast and daring Bafana Bafana of South Africa tonight, it is most likely that coach Gernot Rohr will again consider Simon ahead of Chukwueze so as to help out in a rather shaky defence when the need arises.

We'll respect Nigeria and not fear them.

There is more good news for Nigeria with Shehu Abdullahi in contention after recovering from a hamstring issue suffered against Burundi.

Nigeria went back to their old style of play by playing from the flanks as Ahmed Musa and Samuel Chukwueze gave the South Africans wing backs a run for their money. The latter seem the favourites in this quarter-final battle, after defeating Senegal 1-0 in the group stage, before a tub-thumping 3-0 win over Tanzania at the same level, followed by another 3-0 triumph over Guinea in the second round.

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Mané had the ball in the net twice but was offside on both occasions, verified by the VAR - being used in this tournament only from the quarter-finals onwards.

"One of the important things for us is to remain very, very humble", he said. They look the most unsafe players for Bafana Bafana going forward and they have been instrumental, especially in the last game.

"I don't pay attention to criticisms". I'm a professional and people are bound to criticise me. Who do you think will progress?

Cisse was captain of the team that reached the 2002 final, losing to Cameroon on penalties, and is now coach of a strong side featuring Liverpool star Sadio Mane and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Mahrez is enjoying himself in Egypt and, with the hosts gone and holders Cameroon out, Algeria are among the favourites to win the tournament.

If they pull off another shock like they did to knock out DR Congo in the last 16, the Indian Ocean islanders will be one win from the final.

However, Cisse warned Senegal would pay the price for looking any further than Wednesday's quarter-final with Benin in Cairo.