Nigeria managed to defeat Cameroon, the defending champions of AFCON, in an enormous round of 16 tussles, expecting to find Egypt as the tournament hosts in the quarterfinals. However, surprisingly to most people around the world, South Africa pulled off an incredible shock in the tournament when they eliminated Egypt and Mohamed Salah from the competition. Now, everything is looking forward to a quarterfinal where Nigeria will face South Africa.
Nigeria had a difficult time against Cameroon during the round of 16. They managed to take the lead early on in the game, but after 60 minutes the team were still trying to recover after a 2-01 deficit. Luckily, the team managed to create fantastic scoring opportunities that placed them 3-2 ahead of Cameroon, allowing them to know out the defending champions.
Nigeria currently impresses with a record of 5 wins, one draw, and two losses in the last eight matches played this year. They also boast with four clean sheets in the previous 8 games. The only downside to this team is their form that is starting to show through the cracks. Odion Ighalo is currently their top scorer in the competition with three goals.
South Africa managed to cause an unexpected shock in the round of 16 when they knocked out Egypt with a 1-0 victory. The scoreboard only reflected a goal for South Africa with 5 minutes left on the clock to take out the hosts of the tournament thanks to Thembinkosi Lorch. When you consider that South Africa only managed to get to the round of 16 due to the fact they got through the first round of the tournament as one of the best 3rd place teams, it made the upset even sweeter.
In 2019 alone, South Africa has a record of 3 wins, one draw, and two losses in the last six matches played. A one-goal margin achieved all three successes in their history. The two losses were both regarded as 1-0 deficits. Only 2 of the last 11 matches from South Africa managed to make it over 2.5 goals. The fact that they managed to take out Egypt will stun people for a long time. However, do they have what it takes to take out another favourite as the underdog team?
- South Africa: 10/3
- Draw: 21.01
- Nigeria: 19/20
Head-to-Head – South Africa vs Nigeria
- Both teams fell into the same qualification group at the start of the 2019 AFCON
- South Africa managed to get one win and one draw against Nigeria during the qualifiers
- 4 of the last five matches between these two teams have been draws
- Nigeria currently has a record of 6 wins, four draws, and two losses against South Africa
If you are a betting man, we highly recommend that you place your money on Nigeria for the win during the quarterfinals. South Africa had an incredible victory against Egypt, but we highly doubt that they will do it again.