Brave Bafana's AFCON run ends with Nigeria defeat

Arnold Nichols
July 11, 2019

The mind games between Gernot Rohr and Stuart Baxter ahead of the sides' quarter-final match-up on Wednesday has reached epic proportions and has heightened the anticipation of the AFCON clash.

. The three points earned from a narrow victory over neighbours Namibia was enough to see them sneak into the last 16 stage as, literally, the 16th team.

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The rainbow nation began to grow in confidence as they piled up more pressure on the Nigerian defence.

Gueye's goal 20 minutes from time was one of the few highlights at Cairo's 30 June Stadium, with the Everton midfielder setting up the move and then finishing it after an exchange of passes with Sadio Mané, much to the relief of Africa's top-ranked team.

Players such as Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa, Chukwueze had chances to bury the game but could only manage to score just one goal before paying dearly for their missed opportunities.

"We will go into the game as we do every game". Honestly, it is something that interests me, but the team comes first in everything.

Pascal disclosed the Eagles are aware they must be careful against South Africa.

"Dare I say the crowds in South Africa for some worldwide matches are quite sparse as well", he said.

"The Eagles players became very serious after the loss to Madagascar because they do not want to be disgraced and the only option is to go out and redeem their image the way they did against Cameroon". The scene is set in Cairo for a potential classic between two powerhouses of the African game.

"I believe in the team, but I'm anxious about Thembinkosi Lorch and Percy Tau".

Moses Simon started in the big win over defending champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 and posted a decent outing before he was replace by Villarreal youngster Chukwueze, who made a bigger impact in the half an hour he was on the pitch. I don't think that he is fooling anybody to tell you the truth.

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