What to expect in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

What to expect in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

The two sides have not met in the history of AFCON but the current generation of Benin footballers can take inspiration from the squad of 1961 when they defeated Senegal 3-2 in a friendly game.

On Thursday, Ivory Coast play Algeria for a place in the semi-final.

Goal! William Troost-Ekong fires Nigeria into the lead late on!

Strasbourg striker Lebo Mothiba, 23, is another South African attacker with the potential to upset the Super Eagles, though he's yet to score despite starting all four of their matches.

Goal! Samuel Chukwueze opens the scoring!

Peep! We are underway in Cairo!

Not only did the 20-year-old justify his selection with the opening goal, but this was his first for the West African nation, and if his performance this evening is anything to go by, he looks set for a long career in the famous green and white colours of Nigeria's much-revered strip. Will Banafa Banafa make the semi-finals?! However, South Africa's coach was quick to temper expectations against a Nigeria team that eliminated defending champions Cameroon in the last round.

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As it stands, the Bafana players have already pocketed a tidy sum of R520 000 for their efforts in Egypt, which of course included a famous 1-0 win over the host nation last weekend. Stewart Baxter keeping faith in the team!

The Super Eagles are expected to dominate possession early on, so 3/1 for Ighalo to strike first again is worth a saver from the Nigeria vs South Africa odds.

Chukwueze, overlooked for the 3-2 last 16 win over Cameroon, was a constant menace down the right and created another chance after skipping past his marker but Dean Furman made a timely interception to deny him.

"I missed penalties in two games and that it is not a good ratio", admitted the forward who shared the last Premier League Golden Boot award with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. They could take a huge step to a third title with a win tonight!

He's going to be accompanied by Ola Aina while from South Africa we have the lone selection in the form Buhle Mkhwanazi wrapping up this segment of our side. Who do you think will progress?

Nigeria and South Africa were in the same group during AFCON qualifiers, and Baxter's men stunned the Super Eagles 2-0 at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, while the reverse fixture ended 1-1.