Bafana comes into the game beaming with confidence after they comprehensively outplayed the hosts last Saturday in the Round-of-16 with Thembinkosi Lorch getting the winner. Meanwhile, the Nigerians cruised into the last eight after recording two wins in Group B, before showing character to defeat Cameroon 3-2 in the first knockout stage.

 

The Super Eagles have some top players hitting their best form with Odion Ighalo surely to be a dangerous threat. Ighalo has three goals in the tournament which includes a brace against the Indomitable Lions.

 

The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward said: “Any thoughts we had of an easy passage to the closing stages vanished after that defeat (to Madagascar). We realised that many teams were motivated by playing Nigeria and raised their game against us. While I have enjoyed scoring three times in Egypt, it is irrelevant who puts the ball in the net as long as he is a Nigerian. We want to win the title a fourth time, but South Africa also want to get their hands on the trophy, as do all the other title contenders.

 

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi is another player to be aware of after he also got on the score-sheet against the Cameroonians. With that said, the Gernot Rohr-coached outfit did lose in the group stages to dark-horses Madagascar meaning they could have some vulnerabilities.

 
Bafana’s recent record against Nigeria is also encouraging as in the previous five matches dating back to 2014, there has been four draws and one win for South Africa which famously took place in 2017 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo.

 

Themba Zwane is available once again for SA after serving a one-match suspension in the win over Egypt, whereas Nigeria reportedly has their full 23-man squad available for selection. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says the team took early criticism from the fans on the chin and is happy that the squad has responded positively from the early slow start to the tournament.

 

Williams has so far been one of the stars of the tournament and solid between the poles. He is expected to have another busy night on Wednesday, something the Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year said he was relishing. 

Our performance in the opening first few games were not up to standard. We knew we could play better and we were getting a lot of flak and stick back home, he said in reference to Saturday’s shock win over hosts Egypt which has left pundits stunned by the turnaround and has set up a finely poised clash with Nigeria.

 

 

Williams has so far been one of the stars of the tournament and solid between the poles. He is expected to have another busy night on Wednesday, something the Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year said he was relishing

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says the team took early criticism from the fans on the chin and is happy that the squad has responded positively from the early slow start to the tournament.

Speaking to the members of the media at the pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper said the team’s sluggish start was mainly due to inadequate preparations leading up the start of the competition.

He said finally all things were starting to get together now and the match against Nigeria would be another stern test for the Bafana Bafana team.

 Williams has so far been one of the stars of the tournament and solid between the poles. He is expected to have another busy night on Wednesday, something the Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year said he was relishing

 

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says the team took early criticism from the fans on the chin and is happy that the squad has responded positively from the early slow start to the tournament.

 

 

 

Speaking to the members of the media at the pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper said the team’s sluggish start was mainly due to inadequate preparations leading up the start of the competition.

 

 

 

He said finally all things were starting to get together now and the match against Nigeria would be another stern test for the Bafana Bafana team.

Baxter will no doubt hope that the likes of Lebo Mothiba, Thembinkosi Lorch and Percy continue to fire in attack though he did mention at his pre-match press conference that he is not sure who will be in his first-11 on Wednesday. This could indicate a return for Zwane could possibly be on the cards.

 

Kickoff in the exciting encounter is set to get underway from 21:00 at the Cairo International Stadium in the City of a Thousand Minarets.

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By: Bradley Brizzy

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