Bafana’s win causes chaos in Egyptian football
Egypt Football Federation President, Hani Abu Reidah, quit his position after sacking the Pharaohs coach Javier Aguirre. The President also invited the members of the Board of Directors of the Union to resign, following the departure of the first national team from the 16th round of the African Nations Championship following their 1-0 loss to Bafana Bafana in Cairo on Saturday. Bafana Bafana redeemed themselves in front of a sold out crowd by beating the hosts Egypt and making it through to the quarter-finals.
Coach Stuart Baxter must have heard the country’s cry to include the Premier Soccer League player of the season, Thembikosi Lorch, the coach included him in the starting line-up after being benched in all group stage matches. The Buccaneer midfielder did not disappoint as he put on a stellar performance which ended up with him scoring the only goal on the night and being named Man of the match.
After eliminating the hosts, Bafana Bafana will face a tough opponent, The Super Eagles, in the quarter-final of the 2019 AFCON on Wednesday. The match is a rematch of Super Eagles vs Bafana Bafana, not more than eight months after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg during the qualifiers. The man to look out for will be Odion Ighalo, no player in the tournament’s knockouts has contributed to more of his team’s goals than his. Ighalo has scored three goals and assisted one of the Super Eagles five goals.
Baxter pointed out that South Africa is still the underdogs and one game doesn’t make Bafana Bafana favourites, “Nigeria are absolutely one of the best teams on the continent and have been for a long time. One game doesn’t make us favourites” Baxter said. Although Nigeria have largely dominated when the two nations clash they will go into this match with confidence after knocking-out the host nation.
On Wednesday, July 10, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used for the first time in AFCON history. It makes its debut in the first Quarter-Final between Senegal vs Benin and the subsequent game between Nigeria vs South Africa.
Tonight’s fixtures are:
Senegal vs Mali- 18h00, SuperSport 4
Nigeria vs South Africa-21h00, SuperSport 4