South Africa head coach Baxter plays down favourites tag

South Africa head coach Baxter plays down favourites tag

But after their stunning elimination of Mohamed Salah's Egypt there was to be no follow-up act from South Africa as Williams flapped at an inswinging corner and Troost-Ekong forced over the line to clinch victory for Nigeria.

Strasbourg striker Lebo Mothiba, 23, is another South African attacker with the potential to upset the Super Eagles, though he's yet to score despite starting all four of their matches.

From South Africa we have opted for Bongani Zungu and Peter Etebo. Initially flagged for offside, it's given after a review!

Alex Iwobi skipped past a couple of defenders down the left before pulling back for Chukwueze, who swept into the corner as the ball trickled back his way after a first shot was blocked.

Peep! We are underway in Cairo!

At the Cairo International Stadium, South Africa and Nigeria will lock horns in search of a semi-final place and possibly the chance to re-write their names in the history books. The Super Eagles beat Bafana Bafana by two goals to nil in one of the semi-final fixtures in the 2000 AFCON edition.

Now for South Africa. Stewart Baxter keeping faith in the team!

Morocco kicked off proceedings against Benin and it also delivered the first shock as Benin stunned their much-fancied opponents via a penalty shoot-out. Ola Aina in at right-back is the only change from the side that defeated Cameroon 3-2 last time out!

In what is an otherwise paper thin attacking facet of the side, these two will need to take the onus on themselves once again if Nigeria are to be given a stern test and we envision them doing so. They will be confident of continuing their fairy tale run when they take on Tunisia who are yet to win a match so far.

"If I don't win the golden boot but won the trophy I'd be very happy because we are here to do that", Ighalo said ahead of Wednesday's clash against South Africa.

So here we go!

The 30-year-old, who played for Watford before moving to China two years ago, has scored three goals at the African football showpiece in Egypt. I don't think that he is fooling anybody to tell you the truth.

Nigeria will go into this encounter with confidence as they have a better record against South Africa in the main competition.

William Troost-Ekong's late victor sent Nigeria through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after a tense 2-1 victory over South Africa in Cairo.

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