AFCON 2024: Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria – South Africa dealt Maseko blow

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South Africa's Bafana Bafana will be eyeing a place in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1998.

They'll square off against Nigeria's Super Eagles in the semi-final of AFCON 2024.

Bafana Bafana don't really have a great track record against Nigeria at this tournament, as they are 0 for 3 against the Super Eagles at the Nations Cup.

On that note, this is our Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria

It's important to note that Thapelo Maseko will not be available for selection.

The Mamelodi Sundowns player picked up a hamstring injury in Bafana Bafana's victory over Cape Verde, he is sidelined for the rest of the tournament.

Thapelo Maseko ruled out for Bafana Bafana starting XI vs Nigeria in AFCON 2024
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Hugo Broos is expected to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation for this clash.

Ronwen Williams

Ronwen Williams was the man-of-the-match in South Africa's quarter-final encounter with Cape Verde.

The Bafana Bafana captain almost single-handedly took Bafana Bafana to the semi-finals, saving four penalties.

Williams has now kept four consecutive clean sheets, and is competing with Nigeria's Stanley Nwabali for the Golden Glove.

Ronwen Williams Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Aubrey Modiba

Like Williams, Aubrey Modiba's place in the starting XI isn't in doubt.

Not only did the Sundowns player start all of Bafana Bafana's games, he has been on the field every single minute of South Africa's AFCON 2024 campaign.

Aubrey Maphosa Modiba Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Mothobi Mvala

Another player who has been rock-solid for South Africa, Mothobi Mvala, started and finished all of Bafana Bafana's games at this tournament.

The Masandawana player leads the team in interceptions and clearances per game.

Mothobi Mvala Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Grant Kekana

Alongside Mvala, Grant Kekana is the joint leader with 6.0 clearances per match. He did not play in South Africa's AFCON opener, where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Mali.

Interestingly, Kekana has started four consecutive matches for Bafana Bafana since then, and they haven't conceded a single goal.

Grant Kekana Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Khuliso Mudau

Khuliso Mudau completes a defensive line made up of Sundowns players. These four players started Bafana Bafana's last four matches, and they have not conceded since then.

Mudau himself has five starts, although he's averaging 84 minutes per game (excluding stoppage time). He should be on Broos' starting XI for this match.

Khuliso Mudau Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Sphephelo Sithole

Sphephelo Sithole has not exactly impressed since the start of this competition. Even though he started all of Bafana Bafana's games, the Tondela player has done nothing noteworthy.

However, Sithole is coming off his best performance for South Africa, with three clearances, two blocked shots and three tackles vs Cape Verde.

Sphephelo Sithole Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Teboho Mokoena

Bafana Bafana registered 16 total shots against Cape Verde, and six of those came from Teboho Mokoena.

The 27-year-old has been one of the team's best players so far. He has a goal and an assist to his name, and has been on the field for every minute of South Africa's AFCON 2024 campaign.

Teboho Mokoena Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Percy Tau

Percy Tau has had a disappointing AFCON 2024 campaign so far.

While the Al Ahly player scored just once in five starts for Bafana Bafana, that goal came from a penalty, which he wasn't even responsible for. He also failed to convert from the spot in their Nations Cup opener.

Interestingly, Tau has a goal and an assist in South Africa's last three skirmishes with Nigeria, so it'll be interesting to see how he performs against the Super Eagles.

Percy Tau Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Themba Zwane

Themba Zwane put up a man-of-the-match performance in South Africa's 4-0 victory over Namibia, scoring twice.

He also set up Bafana Bafana's first goal when they defeated Morocco in the Round of 16.

The Masandawana player started all five of South Africa's games, so barring any injuries, he should make the starting XI.

Themba Zwane Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Thapelo Morena

After coming on as a substitute in Bafana Bafana's AFCON opener, Thapelo Morena has started four consecutive matches since then.

Although the 34-year-old will likely not play all 90 minutes, he should get the nod to start.

Thapelo Morena Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Evidence Makgopa

Evidence Makgopa was responsible for three of Bafana Bafana's six goals at this competition.

The Orlando Pirates player scored South Africa's opening goal in their Round of 16 victory over Morocco.

Bafana Bafana's first goal in their 4-0 victory came from a penalty caused by Makgopa. He also provided an assist in that match.

Evidence Makgopa Bafana Bafana predicted XI vs Nigeria
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Bafana Bafana will meet Nigeria's Super Eagles at the Stade de la Paix in Bouaké on Wednesday February 7.

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