U17 AFCON South Africa v Nigeria : Match preview, what to expect, kickoff time:: All Nigeria Soccer

U17 AFCON South Africa v Nigeria : Match preview, what to expect, kickoff time:: All Nigeria Soccer

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will square up against the Amajimbos of South Africa in the last group game of the Africa U17 Cup of Nations on Saturday night.

It was contrasting fortunes for both sides on matchday two-Nigeria lost to Morocco 1-0 while South Africa defeated Zambia 3-2.

Allnigeriasoccer.com has all the information you need ahead of the showdown between the two countries

Match Preview


​This promises to be a fascinating encounter when you consider what is at stake and the existing rivalry between both countries.

To get automatic qualification to the quarterfinals, the Golden Eaglets must get at least a draw while the Amajimbos must get a win in tomorrow’s encounter.

Nigeria currently sit second in the standings with three points, the same number of points as South Africa but with a better goal difference.

The last time both sides met at this level was in 2015 when South Africa beat Nigeria 1-0 in the semifinals.

What to Expect

Both sides have shown to be attacking sides and it is expected that it will be an end-to-end encounter.

South Africa will have to ensure that they keep Yahya Lawali quiet. The young right-back plays a very vital role for the Golden Eaglets with his attacking dexterity.

He has been the Golden Eaglets’ best player in this competition, having won consecutive man-of-the-match awards.

On the other hand, the Nigerian defence will have to keep an eye on Vicky Mkhawana,  who scored a brace and won the man-of-the-match award in South Africa’s 3-2 win over Zambia on Tuesday night.

Kickoff Time and Venue

The encounter between the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria and the Amajimbos of South Africa will be staged at Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine. 

The match is expected to kick off at 2000 hours Nigerian time.


Abdulkareem Abdulhamid



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