South Africa defender Terrence Mashego is bracing for a “difficult game” against Nigeria in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final, but remains confident his team can pull off an upset.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” Mashego said ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Stade de la Paix. “Nigeria has a strong squad, but we have our own strengths too. It’s going to be a very good game.”
The encounter holds historical significance, as it’s a repeat of the 2000 AFCON semi-final where Nigeria emerged victorious. However, Mashego insists South Africa is undeterred by past results.
“We’re confident in our defence,” he declared. “We haven’t conceded a goal in four games, just like Nigeria. We’re ready for any battle.”
Mashego’s confidence stems from South Africa’s recent defensive solidity and their burning desire to reach the final. However, Nigeria boasts an equally impressive record, having conceded only once in the tournament.
Both teams possess strong defences and a hunger for victory, making Wednesday’s encounter a highly anticipated battle for a place in the AFCON final. It promises to be a thrilling match where every tackle, every run, and every shot could be decisive.