Nigeria vs South Africa Prediction 07.02.2024

Nigeria

Nigeria

1 : 1

(4 : 2)

After penalties

South Africa

South Africa

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  • Competition: Africa Cup of Nations - Semi-Finals
  • Date: Wednesday, 7th, February 2024
  • Kickoff: 17:00 UK / 18.00 CET
  • Venue: Stade de la Paix (Bouake)

Just a step away from reaching the grand finale of the African Cup of Nations, the red-hot favorites Nigeria will lock horns with the dark horse South Africa at Stade de la Paix in Bouake in the first semifinal on Wednesday.

Nigeria vs South Africa Betting Tips: Nigeria to Win

Following a share of points in a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea on the opening day of the group stage, Nigeria showcased an exceptional response by securing back-to-back victories over the tournament host Ivory Coast with a 1-0 triumph, repeating the same result against Guinea to claim the second spot in Group A.

The defensive strength, paired with the outstanding guidance of Ademola Lookman, has brought the Super Eagles tantalizingly close to their seventh appearance in a major continental final, as the Bergamo striker first stunned Cameroon with a brace before sending Angola packing with a decisive strike just days later.

Still unbeaten in the tournament and entering here unscathed between the posts in four straight contests, coach Jose Peseiro relies on Napoli's talisman Victor Osimhen to provide support to his Serie A compatriot, aiming to overcome the semifinal hurdle and earn the opportunity to vie for a fourth AFCON crown.

The semifinal clash between South Africa and Nigeria in this year's edition adds an extra layer of fascination, considering that the Super Eagles last claimed the African Cup of Nations crown in 2013 in that very country, while the West African nation aims to replicate success from their previous face-off with Bafana Bafana, outsmarting them 2-1 in the AFCON 2019 quarterfinal.

Securing the right to contend for the AFCON trophy for Osimhen and co will demand a serious effort, especially considering that South Africa has already shown its teeth by executing a sensational elimination of tournament top-seed Morocco in the Round of 16 with a shocking 2-0 victory, thanks to strikes from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena.

Nevertheless, Hugo Broos' squad undoubtedly comes in more depleted than Nigeria, given that Bafana Bafana had to endure the goalless drama for 120 minutes, involving extra time and penalties, to advance past Cape Verde in the quarterfinals, with Mamelodi Sundowns' goalkeeper Ronwen Williams making history as the first shot-stopper in AFCON to reject four penalty kicks.

Beyond overcoming their challenges within the usual 90-minute span on the road to the semifinals, the Nigerians have also relished an extra day of rest, and adding to that, considering that the Super Eagles have twice bested Bafana Bafana in the knockout stages of the African Cup - including a comfortable 2-0 triumph in the 2000 semis - we believe Peseiro's fresh troops can capitalize on all advantages to secure an AFCON final berth.

Nigeria vs South Africa Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Nigeria

    2 : 1

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  2. South Africa

    1 : 1

    Nigeria

    Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications

  3. Nigeria

    0 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications

  4. South Africa

    1 : 1

    Nigeria

    Friendly International

  5. Nigeria

    2 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications

Nigeria

Nigeria team news

Despite being caught in a goal drought, failing to etch his name in the scoresheet for over 400 minutes since netting the equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea on matchday one of the group stage, Napoli's talisman Victor Osimhen will lead the attack.

Considering that the first substitution during the quarterfinal clash with Angola only occurred in the 80th minute, there is a high likelihood that Super Eagles' boss Jose Peseiro will field the same eleven figures in the starting lineup for the AFCON semis, including the in-form Ademola Lookman.

Last matches of Nigeria

  1. Nigeria

    1 : 0

    Angola

    Africa Cup of Nations

  2. Nigeria

    2 : 0

    Cameroon

    Africa Cup of Nations

  3. Guinea Bissau

    0 : 1

    Nigeria

    Africa Cup of Nations

  4. Ivory Coast

    0 : 1

    Nigeria

    Africa Cup of Nations

  5. Nigeria

    1 : 1

    Equatorial Guinea

    Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 23

    Stanley Nwabili

Defenders

  • 21

    Calvin Bassey

  • 5

    William Troost-Ekong

  • 6

    Semi Ajayi

Midfielders

  • 3

    Zaidu

  • 17

    Alex Iwobi

  • 8

    Frank Onyeka

  • 2

    Ola Aina

Forwards

  • 18

    Ademola Lookman

  • 15

    Moses Simon

  • 9

    Victor Osimhen

South Africa

South Africa team news

Meanwhile, South Africa has unexpectedly produced a granite defense that has not been breached in four consecutive AFCON appearances, suggesting Belgian tactician Hugo Broos may once again rely on Orlando Pirates' back four.

The only changes that could happen to Bafana Bafana's line-up is in the final third, as their attack looked dull against Cape Verde in the quarter-finals.

Last matches of South Africa

  1. Cape Verde Islands

    0 : 0

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  2. Morocco

    0 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  3. South Africa

    0 : 0

    Tunisia

    Africa Cup of Nations

  4. South Africa

    4 : 0

    Namibia

    Africa Cup of Nations

  5. Mali

    2 : 0

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

South Africa lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Ronwen Williams

Defenders

  • 6

    Aubrey Modiba

  • 14

    Mothobi Mvala

  • 18

    Grant Kekana

  • 20

    Khuliso Mudau

Midfielders

  • 13

    Yaya Sithole

  • 4

    Teboho Mokoena

  • 10

    Percy Tau

  • 11

    Themba Zwane

  • 23

    Thapelo Morena

Forwards

  • 9

    Evidence Makgopa

4 Reasons why we expect Nigeria to Win

  1. After a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in the first round, Nigeria emerged victorious in the next four challenges.
  2. In each of their four wins at the AFCON, Nigeria managed to keep a clean sheet.
  3. South Africa enters the semifinals considerably more fatigued than the Super Eagles, as they only progressed past Cape Verde in the quarter-finals after a penalty shootout.
  4. Nigeria defeated South Africa in both knockout stages of the AFCON - 2-0 in the semifinals in 2000 and 2-1 in the quarterfinals in 2019.

Main prediction Nigeria - South Africa

Nigeria to win

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56% winrate

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3 wins in a row

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Nigeria vs South Africa - FAQ

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Where to watch?

The match between these teams will be broadcast on BBC Two, beIN Sports (Fra), Max Sport 1 (Bul), Sky Sports Main Event (UK/Irl), Sky Sports Premier League (UK/Irl), Sport TV2 (Por), TV3 Sport (Den), Veikkaus TV, V Sport 2 (Fin), Ziggo Kanaal 14, Ziggo Sport Select

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Who is Nigeria's player to watch?

Ademola Lookman has been the main contributor to Nigeria's journey to the semifinals this year, being the sole scorer in the knockout phase for his nation, netting a brace against Cameroon and the solitary winner against Angola.

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Who is South Africa's player to watch?

Percy Tau is the leading goal-scorer for his national team in the modern era with 15 goals to his name.