The past days have been filled with the intense build-up to what could easily pass as one of the most important games ever between South Africa and Nigeria at the ongoing AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt.
Both teams will battle for a place in the semi finals today in Cairo.
Here are interesting heads-to-head stats ahead of the game at the stadium of horror.
- Nigeria are three-time African champions while Bafana Bafana won the tournament as hosts in 1996.
- South Africa beat Nigeria away in their opening match of the AFCON qualifiers in June 2017 and were held 1-1 in the return fixture.
- Nigeria have not won South Africa in their last five meetings.
- The last time Nigeria defeated the South African national team was in a CHAN group stage game on August 19 ,2014 where Super Eagles won by 3-1 in Cape Town.
- Ahmed Musa was the last Nigerian player to score against South Africa. it was in an international friendly in 2015 which ended in a 1-1 draw at Nelspruit.
- South Africa have only managed to beat the Super Eagles twice in all and only once in a competitive game.
- Nigeria’s first defeat against South Africa came in 2004. The 2-1 loss in 2004 was in friendly game used to mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
- In 1992, Nigeria thumped South Africa 4-0 in Lagos on their return to international football after years of being banned owing to apartheid rule back. It was their first head-to-head meeting.
- The most recent head-to-head meeting between the two sides was in August 2013 for the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Again Nigeria proved too much for South Africa by winning two-nil through Uche Nwofor’s brace of goals.
Head to Head record:
- Nigeria 2-0 South Africa, semi-final in 2000
- Nigeria 4-0 South Africa, group stage in 2004
Total head-to-head matches played: 13
- Nigeria wins: 6
- South Africa wins: 2
- Draws: 5
See Breakdown below:
- 10 Oct 1992 Nigeria v South Africa 4-0 FIFA World Cup
- 16 Jan 1993 South Africa v Nigeria 0-0 FIFA World Cup
- 10 Feb 2000 Nigeria v South Africa 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations
- 31 Jan 2004 Nigeria v South Africa 4-0 Africa Cup of Nations
- 17 Nov 2004 South Africa v Nigeria 2-1 International Friendly
- 01 Jun 2008 Nigeria v South Africa 2-0 FIFA World Cup
- 06 Sep 2008 South Africa v Nigeria 0-1 FIFA World Cup
- 14 Aug 2013 South Africa v Nigeria 0-2 International Friendly
- 10 Sep 2014 South Africa v Nigeria 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations
- 19 Nov 2014 Nigeria v South Africa 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations
- 29 Mar 2015 South Africa v Nigeria 1-1 International Friendly
- 10 Jun 2017 Nigeria v South Africa L 0-2 Africa Cup of Nations
- 17 Nov 2018 South Africa v Nigeria 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations
UEFA Approves Fans For Bayern, Sevilla Super Cup Clash
Europe’s football governing body UEFA has confirmed fans will be allowed for next month’s Super Cup clash between Bayern Munich and Sevilla.
It however said only 30 percent of fans will watch the match live at Puskas Stadium in Budapest.
The stadium in the capital of Hungary holds 67,215 spectators at full capacity, which means that 20,164 people will be allowed to attend the clash.
The annual fixture pits the winners of the Champions League against the victors of the Europa League – which Sevilla won for a record sixth time earlier this month by defeating Inter in the showpiece.
This match will be the Andalusian club’s sixth Super Cup of which they have won just once – in 2006, when they defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the showpiece – but have lost on four occasions: 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Bayern Munich was crowned winners of the Champions League by defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Sunday’s final.
BREAKING: Mikel Obi Returns To England, Joins Stoke City
Former Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel has joined Championship side Stoke City.
The club confirmed he is the fourth signing of the summer.
“The Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher in checking in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season,” a statement by the club’s website stated.
Mikel, who won a host of domestic and European honours during a glittering 11-year stay at Chelsea, returns to English football after a spell in the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor.
Manager Michael O’Neill told the club’s website: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his caliber as a player.
“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.
“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”
Mikel made more than 370 appearances for Chelsea, helping them to land the Premier League title twice, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League, and Europa League.
After a spell in China, he played for Middlesbrough after joining them on a short-term deal in January 2019, making 19 appearances. He won 91 caps before retiring from international football following last year’s African Cup of Nations.
Mikel described joining Stoke as “a new chapter”.
No Masks, No Spit! New Rules For Matches As EPL Resumes On Wednesday
Players and coaching staff will not be required to wear masks at stadiums when the Premier League restarts.
Players will be encouraged not to spit or clear their noses and not to break social distancing during goal celebrations.
There will be no ball boys or girls – a system of sterilized replacement balls will be used.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United will be the first game when the league returns on 17 June.
In Germany’s Bundesliga players and staff have been required to wear masks at all times, except for during play.
In the Premier League, they will not have to wear masks at all, even in the changing room or on the bench, although the fourth official as well as doctors and physios will have to.
On Thursday the Premier League announced there will be a minute’s silence to remember those who have died with coronavirus before the first matches.
Heart-shaped badges in tribute to frontline NHS staff will also be worn on kits.
Clubs agreed to a range of medical and operational protocols for the restart of the season at a meeting on Thursday.
There will be strict limits on those allowed into stadiums on matchdays and grounds will be split into zones, including the tunnel and pitchside.
In total only 300 people will be in each stadium, with no more than 110 in the ‘red zone’ including players, club staff, and officials.
There will be the deep cleaning of corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards, and match balls before and after each fixture.
Some extra disinfection, such as of the substitution board after it is used, is likely to take place during matches and at half-time, while other work will be carried out during drinks breaks if they are permitted by the league.
The medical protocols stipulate how squads and coaching staff must travel to and from games, observing social distancing.
Clubs will be encouraged to fly on long away trips to limit the use of hotels, and every player and coach will be temperature checked before they arrive at the stadium.
Players will have to hand sanitize when they enter and leave the field of play.
Meanwhile, players are working with the Premier League on a Black Lives Matter tribute but details are yet to be finalized.
Options discussed by players this week included taking a knee, a Black Lives Matter logo on shirts, and players’ names being replaced by the phrase Black Lives Matter.
The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March because of the pandemic.
The fixture schedule for the first three rounds was confirmed on Friday, with 33 of the remaining 92 matches to be shown on free-to-air platforms.
The league will resume on Wednesday when Aston Villa host Sheffield United at 18:00 BST, with Manchester City v Arsenal at 20:15.
Teams returned to contact training at the end of May. In the latest round of testing at Premier League clubs, one person tested positive for COVID-19.
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