- Nigeria vs South Africa set to renew their rivalry in a bid to advance to AFCON 2019 semifinals
- The Super Eagles are yet to beat the Bafana Bafana in their last five meetings in all competitions
- Gernot Rohr's men defeat Cameroon while Staurt Baxter's armies got the better of the hosts Egypt to reach the last eight stage
Nigeria and South Africa renew their rivalry at the quarterfinal stage of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt on Wednesday, July 10.
It would be recalled that both teams progressed to the last eight stage in style having defeated their opponents at the round of 16.
While the Super Eagles sent the defending champions Cameroon home in a five-goal thriller at the Alexandria Stadium four days ago.
The Bafana Bafana stunned host nation Egypt 1-0 thanks to a lone strike from Thembinkosi Lorch in the 85th minute of the encounter.
Both teams have however pushed that victories behind them as they are looking forward to outshining either side and book a place in the semifinals of the competition.
Though, Nigeria have a better head-to-head record over Stuart Baxter's men, the Bafana Bafana have not lost a single game to the Super Eagles in their last five matches.
The two countries have met 13 times in all competitions with the three time African champions claiming six wins and lost just two while the remaining five had ended in draws.
Nigeria vs South Africa
- Games played: 13
- won: 6
- drawn: 5
- lost: 2
Meanwhile, the last time the South Africans lost to Nigeria was in a friendly match on 14 August 2013, and since then, they have avoided losing to the Eagles in all competitions.
They maintain their unbeaten status against the west African country when they played 1-1 int he second leg of their AFCON 2019 qualifiers in November 2018.
One year after beating the 2013 AFCON winners 2-0 at the Uyo international Stadium in June 2017 to get their qualifiers on a winning note.
At the end of tonight's game, either side will progress and the outcome will have an effect on their quest for the title as well as their bragging rights on the head-to-head basis.
Coach Gernot Rohr's men are gunning for their fourth title as they are one of the favourites before the start of the competition while Baxter's men are hoping to win their second this year.
Nigeria starting XI: Akpeyi; Awaziem, Omeruo, Ekong, Aina; Etebo, Ndidi; Simon, Iwobi, Musa; Ighalo
South Africa starting XI: Ronwen Williams, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sifiso Hlanti, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Lebo Mothiba, Percy Tau, Thembinkosi Lorch
- Venue: Cairo International Stadium
- Time: 8pm Nigerian time
Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has revealed that he wants to end up winning the highest goals scorer award at the end of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship.
The Chinese based forward scored twice against Cameroon as Nigeria came from one goal down to beat the defending champions 3-2 after regulation period.
He further stated that he wants to follow the footsteps of Segun Odegbami, Rashidi Yekini, Emmanuel Emenike and a few other stars who achieved that feat in the country's colours.
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