South Africa coach Stuart Baxter will keep Nigeria guessing over the approach he will adopt in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Wednesday after diverting from his usual style in the 1-0 win over hosts Egypt.
Former Chelsea star Mikel is expected to overcome a knee problem and feature for the Super Eagles when they take on South Africa for a spot in the last four.
The Super Eagles booked their place with a 3-2 victory over Cameroon, while the Bafana Bafana grabbed a late victor to knock out the hosts, Egypt, in the previous round.
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"One of our players, Bongani Zungu was eight years (old) when South Africa last won an Afcon game on foreign soil so to go from that to beating the host nation the way we did is massive", Baxter said. The draw after 90 minutes is available at 2/1.
Manager Gernot Rohr's side didn't qualify for the past two AFCON tournaments. "The movement around the box was not clear and we had to improve on that".More news: Washington hit by torrential rain, flash flooding and stranding drivers
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The Super Eagles are three-time AFCON winners, last lifting the trophy back in 2013, while South Africa have a solitary triumph from back in 1996.
"I believe we are going to put in a good fight and make sure that we make Nigeria proud". "I think everybody here has been criticised one way or another but you don't let that get to you", said Ighalo.
"We lost to them during the qualifiers for this tournament and it was very hard and some of us were not there and we drew in South Africa", Ighalo explained. "Lorch made his debut and he justified his selection, so these are two players I'm anxious about".
"They have been a powerhouse of African football for a long time". The team's goal difference is neutral after winning twice by the same scoreline, while Nigeria has displayed more consistency.
By the time South Africa came calling for a second time in 2017, after the dismissal of Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba for publicly criticising FA president Danny Jordaan, Baxter had captured a pair of league titles with Kaizer Chiefs following a spell in charge of Finland. Now would be a flawless time to end that negative run.