Austin Okocha has allayed his fears about what South Africa duo Percy Tau and Thembinkosi Lorch could cause to the Super Eagles defence ahead of their AFCON quarter final cracker.
Nigeria will take on South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium for a place in the semi finals on Wednesday, July 10.
The two nations will renew their rivalry after playing in the qualifiers where Bafana Bafana won the first leg by 2-0 and drew the second 1-1 in Johannesburg.
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Stuart Baxter’s men pulled an upset against host nation Egypt in the round of 16 and Okocha believes Lorch and Tau could hinder the Super Eagles from progressing into the next stage. “I believe in the team but I’m worried about Lorch and Tau,” Okocha SABC Football.
“They look the most dangerous players for Bafana Bafana going forward and they have been instrumental, especially in the last game. Lorch made his debut and he justified his selection, so these are two players I’m worried about.”
Okocha was asked about his expectation from the fixture, the former Bolton Wanderers captain said: “It will be a great match and the good thing is that both teams found good form at the right time but of course, as a Nigerian, I will like to see Nigeria go through.
“I will also like to see a good derby match, a match that will represent African football, a classic Afcon match but at the end of the day, let us narrowly win the game.”