Bafana Bafana’s record against Nigeria since the nations first met in 1992 is quite poor, to put it mildly. The Super Eagles have got their number, and it will be a truly historic result if South Africa pulls off the upset.
As stated in the video above, both nations have met on 15 previous occasions. Nigeria has won eight times, South Africa twice, with five games ending in a draw. I would be kind to describe these two as rivals if one seriously considered such numbers.
The Super Eagles have won all the matches against Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations. It ended 2-0 in the semifinal of the 2000 edition (Nigeria/Ghana), 4-0 if was hosted by Tunisia in 2004, and 2-1 in the quarter-final of the Egypt tournament in 2019.
South Africa’s only previous victory over Nigeria in competitive men’s football at senior level was in the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, when Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau fired Bafana to a famous 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo back in 2017. That result was testament to how South Africa has quietly closed the gap on their West Africa counterparts since the 2000s.
What everyone can agree on is that Hugo Broos’ men have absolutely nothing to lose when they take on José Peseiro’s charges, with the local Ivorians likely to throw their weight fully behind the underdogs. The green-and-gold have more than achieved their targets at the tournament, and are guaranteed a shot at a medal, though this should not be their mentality at all. The world should not be enough!