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South Africa coach Stuart Baxter will keep Nigeria guessing over the approach he will
adopt in their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarterfinal on Wednesday after diverting
from his usual style in the 1-0 win over hosts Egypt.
Under Baxter, South Africa normally play with a counter-attacking style but surprised
Egypt on Saturday by diverting from that slightly and deploying an aggressive high
However, the Englishman would not reveal whether he would try that approach against
the Super Eagles.
South Africa, who hosted Afcon in 2013, beat Nigeria away in their opening match of the
Afcon qualifiers in June 2017 — one of Rohr’s first games in charge of Nigeria — and
were held 1-1 in the return.
The Bafana Bafana have been in the doldrums in recent years and, before this year’s
tournament, had not won an Afcon finals match outside South Africa since 2004 when
they beat Tunisia. They have also missed the last two World Cups.