CAIRO – Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr played some subtle mind games ahead of Wednesday night's Afcon quarterfinal against South Africa in Cairo.
He said Bafana Bafana must be favourites after beating hosts Egypt in the Round of 16.
The German-born coach said: "When you beat a good team like Egypt you are full of confidence. When you beat the favourites, you are favourites yourself. I don’t play mind games but I’m realistic. South Africa performed well against Egypt, they played in Cairo and know the city and stadium, but I think we will be ready," said Rohr.
Wednesday night's game takes place at the Cairo International Stadium (start at 21h00) with the winner playing either Algeria or the Ivory Coast in the semifinal.
Despite his comments, Rohr does admit Nigeria also had a positive game against Cameroon in the Round of 16.