- Nigeria's Head Coach Gernot Rohr has heaped praise on Bafana Bafana and rates them as favourites to win the tournament
- Rohr’s comments are based on the fact that Bafana deservedly beat hosts, Egypt, on Saturday
- Rohr’s stance could be seen as gamesmanship and an attempt at putting pressure on South Africa
Nigeria Head Coach Gernot Rohr has heaped praise on Bafana Bafana and rates them as favourites to win Afcon 2019.
This follows the huge upset victory for Bafana over Egypt on Saturday.
Stuart Baxter’s boys performed admirably in front of a capacity Egyptian crowd as they outplayed the tournament’s favourites.
KickOFF reported that Rohr believes this performance has automatically catapulted them to be first in line to win the trophy.
Rohr said, "They deserved to win because they were the better team and now for me, if you beat the favourite number one in Egypt, you become the new favourites."
While some may enjoy the compliment, Baxter would know all too well that it could well be some gamesmanship from the Nigerian mentor.
Rohr added: "We also have confidence after scoring three goals (in the previous knockout match against Cameroon) against a team who did not concede a goal in the group stage, so we're confident also - but for me, South Africa is the favourite."
Rohr conceded that his team would be full of confidence following their exploits against the Cameroonians.
Briefly.co.za is expecting an exciting match once it kicks off at 9pm on Wednesday.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY’s news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!