Ex-Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has charged the Super Eagles to redouble their efforts if they are to overcome South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Wednesday’s quarter-finals at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Three-time champions Nigeria tackle South Africa in the last 8 at the Cairo International after both teams recorded impressive wins against holders, Cameroon and hosts, Egypt respectively in the round of 16.
Adepoju, a 1994 AFCON winner, reckons that Gernot Rohr’s men will have to even improve from their performance against the Indomitable Lions in order to eliminate Stuart Baxter’s side when both sides renew their rivalry.
“Looking at what they did against Cameroon, one will be somehow confident, but you know every match is different, all matches are different,” the La Liga Ambassador in Nigeria said. “But what happened in the first (Burundi) and second (Guinea) games was not what happened against Madagascar. It was also different against Cameroon.
“Every opponent has their own similarity and difficulties and all that. So, they just have to take the matches the way they come.
“They have to do even much better than they did against Cameroon if we want to win (against South Africa),” the 48-year-old told busybuddiesng.com.
Kickoff for the quarter-final clash between Nigeria and South Africa is slated for 8pm on Wednesday.
The last two meetings between the pair have gone the way of South Africa. Two years ago, Bafana Bafana stunned the Eagles 2-0 in Uyo in the first match of the qualifiers for the current AFCON, before both sides settled for a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg in the reverse fixture in November.
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