Nigeria v South Africa

Nigeria v South Africa

Nigeria v South Africa

There is more good news for Nigeria with Shehu Abdullahi in contention after recovering from a hamstring issue suffered against Burundi.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be introduced from the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, increasing the possibility of drama in a tournament traditionally filled with refereeing controversy but this year rather muted.

"They have been for a long time". So what are the fixtures like and what are the things to expect?

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.

Benin's coach Michel Dussuyer sees the technology as a plus for the competition. However they came back strongly in the second half, showing enormous fighting spirit to score in the 63rd and 66th minute to take the lead for one final time and shut out Cameroon.

On Wednesday (21:00 SA time), a quarter-final clash awaits against Nigeria, a side Bafana have faced on two previous occasions at AFCON level - and have lost both.

Rohr claimed South Africa's victory, courtesy of a late goal from Thembinkosi Lorch, meant they had "become the competition's favourite".

The Bafana Bafana have been in the doldrums in recent years and, before this year's tournament, had not won an Afcon finals match outside South Africa since 2004 when they beat Tunisia.

Due to Nigeria's loss to Madagascar, the team have earned R460 000 so far, R141 000 for each of group stage wins plus another R177 000 for reaching the last 16 and R212 000 for qualifying for the quarter-finals. They could take a huge step to a third title with a win tonight!

"We know we have a tough opponent and we have to be completely focused and understand that and take all the mental energy we can muster and not be dependent on getting up for it just because the crowd is". Algeria are hoping to win their first title since 1990 and will go into the game against the 2015 champions full of confidence after seeing off the challenge of Guinea in the round of 16. It starts tomorrow with Senegal kicking off proceedings against Benin.

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