Afcon 2023: Nigeria vs South Africa Kick-off, TV channel, squad news and preview

South Africa and Nigeria will face off in one of the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Ivory Coast.

The other semi-final would be between the host country, Ivory Coast, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Since the competition began, no team has been able to pull Nigeria to the ground, with the worst result being a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea in the first game.

South Africa, on the other side, has only been defeated once, in their opening game against Mali.

Nigeria has won seven of the 14 games played between the two nations, lost two, and drawn five.

To get to this level of the competition, the Super Eagles beat Angola and Cameroon in the knockout rounds, while South Africa defeated Morocco and Cape Verde.

South Africa last won the AFCON in 1996. They went on to take second and third in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Nigeria, on the other hand, lifted it for the last time in 2013.

TEAM NEWS

Nigeria has been using a 3-4-3 configuration, which has led them to this point, with the setup changing to a 5-4-1 when they defend, whilst South Africa plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Super Eagles officials announced on Tuesday that star striker Victor Osimhen will be eligible for the encounter.

Thapelo Maseko, South Africa’s winger and one of their most dangerous players, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Aside from Osimhen, Nigeria has other key players such as William Troost-Ekong, Ademola Lookman, Ola Aina, and Stanley Nwabali.

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South Africa’s roster includes Ronwen Williams, who stopped four penalties against Cape Verde in their most recent game, and Teboho Mokoena, among others.

Nigeria and South Africa will play on Wednesday at Stade Bouaké in Bouaké, Ivory Coast.

TIME TO WATCH AND HOW TO WATCH

The game will start at 17:00 local time, which is also 17:00 GMT, 18:00 CET, and 18:00 Nigerian Time.

The match is broadcast live throughout Africa and around the world.

Nigerian fans will be able to watch the match live on AfroSport and Supersport, while South Africans may watch on Supersports.

The match will be aired on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


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