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Bafana not anxious by probable lack of fans at Afcon quarterfinal

A look at the AFCON 2019 quarter-finals What to expect in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 00:23

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, meanwhile, pointed out that South Africa are used to poor crowds for their home games.

"I think we showed that we belong in this tournament, we showed we can be a tough opponent for everybody", Baxter said after South Africa's opening game.

"I believe we are going to put in a good fight and make sure that we make Nigeria proud".

"We lost to them during the qualifiers for this tournament and it was very hard and some of us were not there and we drew in South Africa", Ighalo explained.

Team News: Who is available, injured or suspended? Baxter oversaw a 2-0 away win in Uyo at the start of the campaign before a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg.

Despite scrabbling through in the final qualifying spot for the last 16, on the strength of a Bongani Zungu header in a gritty 1-0 win over Namibia, the focus back home centred on who would replace the 65-year-old with most convinced Mohamed Salah and co. were about to send South Africa packing in Cairo.

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Pinnick, who is also the 1st Vice President of CAF, then presented the sum of $75,000 promised the team by NFF's Official Optimum Partner, AITEO Group, for their three goals against Cameroon in Saturday's Round of 16 in Alexandria, while assuring them that the $20,000 per player promise made by Captain Hosea Wells Okunbo would be redeemed before Wednesday's match.

Nigeria's China-based forward Odion Ighalo insisted on Tuesday that team success is far more important than personal accolades, with his goals driving Nigeria's run to the quarter-finals.

That tally gives him a share of the lead in the Golden Boot race with Senegalese Sadio Mane, Congolese Cedric Bakambu and Algerian Adam Ounas.

"I didn't say I'm not interested but we are here as a team and want to try and win it as a team".

By the time South Africa came calling for a second time in 2017, after the dismissal of Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba for publicly criticising FA president Danny Jordaan, Baxter had captured a pair of league titles with Kaizer Chiefs following a spell in charge of Finland.

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Nigeria's goals were scored by Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong. I don't think that he is fooling anybody to tell you the truth.