Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rhor is insisting that the team is not after revenge as they prepare for Wednesday’s quarter final clash against South Africa in Cairo.
It should be recalled that both teams were in the same group of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with the South Africans defeating Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo in what is till date Rhor’s only home defeat.
However the Franco-German is reiterating that the team is fully focused on qualifying for the last eight.
“We are here to win. It is not going to be an easy match, but surely if you have to win the Africa Cup, you will not expect to be faced with easy matches at this stage. We know ourselves from the qualifying campaign and it will be no holds –barred on Wednesday. It is not a matter of revenge; it is about reaching the semi finals.” Rhor told Diegwusports.com
After winning their second AFCON title in Tunisia in 1994, Nigeria failed to turn up to defend their title in South Africa two years later, stopped on the orders of military dictator Sani Abacha. South Africa won the championship, but Nigeria insisted the Bafana Bafana were no authentic champions having not faced the firepower of the Super Eagles.
Barred from the 1998 finals as a result of their boycott of the 1996 competition, Nigeria returned in 2000 as co-host, and in the semi finals, Tijani Babangida scooped two quick goals to douse tension and condemned the Bafana to the third place match as the Eagles marched into the Final.
Four years later, in Tunisia, it was an incensed Eagles that confronted Bafana in their second match of the group phase, as Morocco had stolen Nigeria’s thunder in their first game. The result was a 4-0 spanking, including a brace by Osaze Odemwingie.
When Nigeria won its third African title in South Africa six years ago, the paths of both teams did not cross.