South Africa captain, Hlatshwayo assures team can defeat biggest rival, Nigeria’
The South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has assured that the team can achieve another big feat by knocking out three-time champions, Nigeria from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Bafana Bafana only picked a spot in the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams in the competition after winning one to Nil against Namibia and losing to Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco their Group.
However, the 1996 winners recorded a shock 1-0 win against hosts Egypt in their second-round game at the Cairo International Stadium last Saturday.
Hlatshwayo believes the win will spur his side to perform well against the Super Eagles.
“We knew coming into the game with Egypt that we had to bring heroics. We had to prove to everyone but more importantly to our nation and ourselves, that we can deliver. Our preparation for that game was intense, we knew we had to give it everything we had, and that paid off”.
“We’ve now made it into the AFCON quarterfinals for the 6th time in our history, this gives us an opportunity to really chase our dream to win. Our next game is against our biggest rival team, Nigeria.”
“There’s a lot of pressure on us to perform well, therefore it is our intention to do our best. It is no longer just about participating but about earning our place on the greatest stage in Africa.
The captain stressed that whatever the outcome, the tournament is only the beginning for the team as it is an opportunity to participate more in global football competitions.