Nigeria’s Super Eagles will today (Wednesday) take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Eagles defeated defending champions Cameroon in the round of 16 to reach this stage, while Bafana knocked out hosts Egypt to advance.
Both teams have been rivals on the African continent, and were drawn in same group during the Qualifiers for this tournament.
Nigeria lost 2-0 at home in their first meeting in the qualifiers and picked up a 1-1 draw away in the reverse fixture.
They meet again in the Cairo Stadium in Egypt in what promises to be an entertaining show, with a spot in the semifinal at stake.
“The win against Cameroon was massive for us and the response from people back home was great too,” said Nigeria forward, Ahmed Musa.
“We know if we beat South Africa, the celebrations will be bigger than that, and that is what we want.
“To put smiles on the faces of people on the streets, to bring all Nigerians together with people not thinking about religion, status or their culture – we want to continue doing this.”
Meanwhile, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used for the game. It was confirmed by CAF that the video technology will be introduced in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The match is billed to kick off 8:00p.m Nigeria time.