Favourites? Baxter won't let rival have last Rohr ahead of clash

Stuart Baxter addresses players during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals South Africa training session at the Aero Sports Complex, Cairo.

The German tactician resumes rivalries with Stuart Baxter on Wednesday night, and the stakes this time around are as high as they have ever been, with a place in the last four of the continental showpiece the big prize at the end of the encounter.

Striker Odion Ighalo admits the Super Eagles are in for a torrid time when they face South Africa in Wednesday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final in Cairo, but reckons the Bafana Bafana are not as strong as Cameroon, who were ousted 3-2 by the Eagles in the Round of 16 of the tournament. When we hit that balance between good organisation and still getting the ball in play and playing with pace‚ and closing people down at pace‚ and using the natural inherent ability and technique‚ we can give anybody on this continent a good game.

All eyes are on Madagascar as they look to cause another major upset having already defeated three-time winners Nigeria and DR Congo, the Africa Cup of Nations winners in 1968 and 1974. Our target is to win the competition, to do that, we must beat the South Africans and move to the next round.

With the team leading 1-0 till 78th minutes, it was expected that Rohr would make changes, but he delayed which allowed South Africa to net the equalizer. Honestly, it is something that interests me, but the team comes first in everything.

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The last tie is between debutants Madagascar and Tunisia later in the day.

"One of the important things for us is to remain very, very humble", he said.

"I think we know we've got a tough opponent". But I don't think he's fooling anybody, to tell you the truth. Confident Benin supporters say they are all the way to the finals.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, meanwhile, who has made South Africa favourites to lift this year's Afcon after eliminating hosts Egypt would reportedly get $190 000 (R2.7 million), if he would guide the Super Eagles to their first Afcon triumph since 2013.

Mahrez is enjoying himself in Egypt and, with the hosts gone and holders Cameroon out, Algeria are among the favourites to win the tournament.

  • Lawrence Cooper