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Bafana Bafana team against Morocco in the Afcon 2023 last 16. Image: BackpagePix

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Bafana Bafana and Nigeria will come head to head in the AFCON semi-final clash on Wednesday. Here’s everything you need to know.

07-02-24 10:17
Bafana legend on how to win Afcon - Nigeria. Thapelo Maseko - Hugo Broos
Bafana Bafana team against Morocco in the Afcon 2023 last 16. Image: BackpagePix

Nigeria and Bafana Bafana will battle for a place in the AFCON final. Here’s a comprehensive match preview looking at danger-men, key battles, a squad value comparison and much more.

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These two old rivals meet in the AFCON semi-finals on Wednesday 7 February at 19:00 at Stade Bouaké.


Nigeria got the better of Angola in a tight quarter-final clash. Ademola Lookman was the only goal-scorer on the evening, and the Atalanta man scored a brace against Cameroon in the round of 16. Meanwhile, the directness and pace of AC Milan winger Samuel Chukwueze will give Aubrey Modiba plenty to think about, if he gets the nod from the start that is. Talismanic striker Victor Osimhen is an injury doubt after suffering an abdominal strain although he is expected to start in attack alongside Moses Simon and Lookman. The 25-year-old is valued at €110m by transfermarkt, or $118m, so needless to say he’s Nigeria’s more prized asset as he makes up just under a third of the entire playing squad’s estimated $358m evaluation.

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Super Eagles talisman Victor Osimhen. Image: iDiski Times


Ronwen Williams made history with his penalty-shootout heroics against Cape Verde, saving four spot-kicks to see Bafana through to this stage. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Chippa United keeper Stanley Nwabili (a rumoured target for Kaizer Chiefs), has kept four clean sheets in the tournament. The Super Eagles haven’t conceded since the tournament’s opening day in a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea. Williams himself has kept three shutouts. A single goal could sway this grand occasion.

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Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams looks up to the heavens at Afcon 2023. Image: X.


Teboho Mokoena has been superb at the base of midfield for South Africa in the tournament, dovetailing perfectly with Sphephelo Sithole to help the side control games in the centre of the park. We all know about his composure, silky first touch and reading of the game in a Sundowns jersey, but it’s great to see him flourishing for the national side. That sumptuous direct free-kick against Morocco’s Atlas Lions was a highlight of the tournament and he’ll be desperate to etch his name onto a few more headline moments. At 27, the maestro is entering his peak.

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Midfielder Teboho Mokoena reveals ambition and target for the national side. Image: (@BafanaBafana/Facebook)