2023 AFCON: What To Do To Avoid Defeat Against Nigeria – South Africa Legend

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Bafana Bafana of South Africa legend Neil Tovey has highlighted what must not be done to avoid defeat against Nigeria.

South Africa will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the semi final of the African Cup of Nations in Bouake on Wednesday.

And 1996 champion believed they must approach the game with a front foot and pressure must also be applied.

“It is going to be very tough against Nigeria — a final before the final,” Tovey told AFP via Daily Mail.

“We have suffered many defeats against them, starting with a four-goal mauling in a 1994 World Cup qualifier. More recently, however, the tide has begun to turn.

What we dare not do in Bouake is retreat into a defensive shell. That would be playing into the hands of the Nigerians.

“South Africa must approach the match in a similar manner to the game against Morocco — defend in depth when necessary but also apply pressure”, he added