AFCON: History says Super Eagles, but Bafana have a chance

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana have it all to play for when they meet Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 21:00 SA time.

The match will be South Africas 14th meeting against the Super Eagles after their readmission into the international football world in 1992.

Their first meeting was in Lagos during a 1994 Soccer World Cup qualifying fixture which the west Africans thrashed Bafana 4-0.

The return-leg at Soccer City ended goalless and it would be the last time South Africa met the Super Eagles until the millennium AFCON edition in 2000.

The two nations met in the semi-finals, but a double from Tijana Babangida ended South Africas hopes making it to the final.

In 2004, Nigeria put four goals past 'keeper Emile Baron to beat Bafana Bafana 4-0 in the AFCON group stages.

It was only later that year South Africa would claim their first victory over the Super Eagles, this time in a friendly. Goals from Shaun Bartlett and Benedict Vilakazi earned Bafana a 2-1 win.

The following six matches – from 2008-2015 – would see South Africa lose three and draw three.

However, in June 2017 things took a turn for the better when Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau gave Bafana a rare 2-0 AFCON qualifying victory at the famous Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

The return leg – and most recent clash between the two sides – ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the FNB Stadium in November 2018.


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