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South Africa coach Stuart Baxter dismissed the assertion from his Nigeria counterpart Gernot Rohr that Bafana Bafana are the favourites heading into Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final showdown.
Former English Premier League forward Odion Ighalo could be the Nigerian who bursts the South African bubble when the countries clash Wednesday in an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.
South Africa boss Stuart Baxter believes it would be a "national disaster" for Egypt if his team were to beat the Africa Cup of Nations hosts in Saturday's last-16 meeting in Cairo.
Tunisia and South Africa filled the final two places in the Africa Cup of Nations last-16 draw Tuesday after a tense finish to the group stage in Egypt.
Already through in Group D, Morocco can seal top spot against a South Africa side fast gaining in belief at the Africa Cup of Nations.
France-based Bongani Zungu scored as unimpressive South Africa laboured to a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D win over Namibia Friday to keep alive hopes of making the second round.
Both South Africa and Namibia were beaten in their AFCON openers and the pressure is already building on Bafana Bafana in Egypt.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter said his team's display in a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast on Monday showed they could provide a tough test for any opponent at the Africa Cup of Nations.
South Africa have won only one of their last 15 AFCON matches but coach Stuart Baxter promises to give Ivory Coast a run for their money.
Lebo Mothiba daringly likened South Africa's training sessions to those of Barcelona, but the striker believes his battling style blended with the team's possession-based approach could deliver success at the Africa Cup of Nations.