Afcon 2017: Fan predictions before Nigeria v South Africa quarter-final

Lebo Mothiba of South Africa

Nigeria face South Africa in the second Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday, with the victor set to play either Senegal or Benin in the last four.

The Super Eagles are expected to dominate possession early on, so 3/1 for Ighalo to strike first again is worth a saver from the Nigeria vs South Africa odds.

The Super Eagles made amends in the round of 16 by beating defending champions Cameroon 3-2.

Bafana Bafana, whose only continental triumph came in 1996, struggled in the group stages but put together an impressive display against Egypt in the last-16, thoroughly deserving their 1-0 victory and leaving coach Stuart Baxter delighted with what he saw. And that is how we'll approach this game. And one game doesn't make us favourites. "The movement around the box was not clear and we had to improve on that".

"With the Egyptian fans behind us and the new spirit in the team, I see them scaling through. I think everybody here has been criticised one way or another but you don't let that get to you", said Ighalo. Therefore, I wanted to press higher.

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"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".

The Pharaohs produced a lacklustre display and were punished by Thembinkosi Lorch's 85th-minute strike.

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

He first surfaced in South African football when he took the national team job in 2004, resigning the following year after a failed World Cup qualifying bid and returning to Vissel Kobe - a decade after his arrival for a first spell at the Japanese club coincided with the aftermath of an natural disaster that devastated the city. He said: "Our boys have been performing well since they started this competition". They were however shocked by debutants Madagascar in their final group game, losing by two goals to nil.

Needing a draw against Libya to reach Egypt, Percy Tau scored twice as South Africa won 2-1 and Baxter survived, which he has done once more here by eliminating the hosts against the odds. Now would be a flawless time to end that negative run.

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