AFCON 2019; SUPER EAGLES MEETS BAFANA BAFANA ON THE QUARTERFINALS

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Nigeria vs South Africa: As the quarter-finals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) get underway, football fans in Nasarawa State have advised the Super Eagles to focus on their encounter against South Africa.

Nigeria vs South Africa The fans said they should not be distracted by decisions made by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) which is to be used in the encounter. They gave the advice when they spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia  today. NAN reports that Nigeria take on South Africa in one of the two 2019 AFCON quarter-finals matches on Wednesday and VAR is expected to be used from this stage of the competition till the end. VAR was introduced into football to review decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

But during the FIFA 2019 Women World Cup in France, VAR made some decisions deemed controversial which affected some teams, including Nigeria’s female team, the Super Falcons. Eche Amos, Media Officer of the Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation (NSSF) warned that the Super Eagles should not be distracted or cowed by whatever decision made by VAR but concentrate fully on how to maximise their chances and win the game against South Africa.“Players get jittery over the decision of VAR. I don’t want that to be the case for our boys. They should concentrate and not be distracted irrespective of what VAR decides.

I am happy many of our players are already exposed to VAR. “So it’s not new to them but it is important that they are not distracted by the VAR or center referee’s decisions. They should play a good game and come out with the best result for Nigerians,” he said. He also advised that the African Football Confederation (CAF) must get it right in the usage of VAR and avoid a repeat of the incident that marred the second leg of the 2019 CAF Champions League final between Wydad Casablanca and Esperance Tunis.

‘We’re preparing very well for the game because it will be very difficult and against a strong team,’‘ Nigeria’s star forward Odion Ighalo said ahead of the July 10 fixture at the Cairo International Stadium.

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 is one of the best teams in the tournament and it’s going to be a difficult match,’‘ conceded South Africa’s coach, Stuart Baxter.

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