‘This Is Our Cup’: Nwankwo Kanu Tells Super Eagles Ahead of South Africa Clash

‘This Is Our Cup’: Nwankwo Kanu Tells Super Eagles Ahead of South Africa Clash

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at February 7, 2024 at 1:46 PM
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  • Nwankwo Kanu has backed Nigeria to win the Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Super Eagles will tackle South Africa in the AFCON semi-finals
  • Nigeria is bidding to win the AFCON for the fourth time

Nwankwo Kanu has urged Nigerians to pray for the Super Eagles ahead of their crunch Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash against South Africa on Wednesday, February 7.

The Super Eagles, bidding to win the AFCON for the fourth time, will tackle Bafana Bafana for the fourth time at the AFCON after winning the previous three encounters on an aggregate score of 8-1.

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The Super Eagles are bidding to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time in their history. Photo by Franck Fife.
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Kanu, in his message to the team on X (Formerly Twitter), insisted the AFCON trophy is for Nigeria and urged the team to go all out in their remaining two games in the semi-final and final.

“This is our cup. It’s coming back home. Come on Super Eagles. You can do this, it is remaining only two games, history to be made.”

The Super Eagles arrived in Boauke, the venue for their semi-final clash against South Africa, on Monday, while top striker Victor Osimhen joined the rest of the squad a day later after recovering from abdominal discomfort.

Benni McCarthy gingers South Africa

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has told the South African team that the whole of the country is behind them ahead of their semi-final clash against Nigeria, The South African reports.

The former Porto and Blackburn Rovers forward sent this message to Hugo Broos’ team on social media as he wished them the best of luck against the three-time AFCON champions Nigeria.

Nigeria and South Africa last met in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in 2000, with Tijani Babangida scoring twice to lead the Super Eagles to a 2-0 victory.

Peseiro confident of Nigeria’s victory

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro wants to win the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the semi-final clash against South Africa.

The Portuguese tactician reckons that he has great players who are good enough to win the tournament, and they are just two wins away from achieving the ultimate goal.

The Super Eagles are the highest-ranked team of the four semi-finalists and have been tipped to go all the way and win a fourth AFCON if they get past South Africa later on Wednesday night.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..