Nigeria legend Daniel Amokachi has advised Nigeria to be wary of South Africa as the two rivals face off in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Bouake on Wednesday.
Bafana Bafana will face old-time foes, the Super Eagles, in what will be a repeat of the 2000 semifinal that saw the West Africans overcome the 1996 champions 2-0 in Lagos. Following the 2000 semifinal defeat, the Super Eagles edged Bafana Bafana in the quarterfinals in the 2019 edition in Egypt with a narrow 2-1 win.
“I’m a big fan of a team that is represented by home grown players. We should give credit to SAFA and the League. The League is doing well and that is why we see the quality football,” said Amokachi as quoted by CAFOnline.
“They are the only country that have a philosophy that is well known so thumbs up to SA for that because it dates back to previous generations and has lived on. They have quality and it speaks volumes of the League. They also have good coach in Hugo Broos. I was under him at Club Brugge when I scored my first UEFA Champions League goal.
“When you look at the Nigerian team, we have the potential and can dominate African football if we keep our minds right. South Africa has a good style of football and keeps possession well. I love their number 10, Percy Tau so there is a lot to look at and I think it will be a good game. The team that wants it more will come out top.”
The two sides have met 14 times, with the Super Eagles enjoying a lion’s share of the results with seven victories against two for South Africa, with the remaining five ending in stalemates.