Bafana Bafana, the Super Eagles, are ready for a World Cup clash as the semifinals kick off

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos brushed off a barrage of questions from journalists on Tuesday, reminding him about previous clashes against Nigeria as the team prepares for an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semifinal clash against Nigeria in Cote d’Ivoire.

After three weeks of pulsating action, just four teams are left standing as the tournament heads into its home stretch.

Ronwen Williams and Bafana face Nigeria in the first semifinal on Wednesday night, before tournament hosts Cote d’Ivoire take on giant killing DRC Congo on the same day.

Williams, looking to crown his career with victory on football’s biggest stage, was a pivotal figure in Saturday’s stormy quarterfinal win over Cape Verde, making several breathtaking saves during the penalty shoot-out.

“Yes, we know and understand who we are up against. We know the might of this team and that their players play all over Europe. We also know that last time in an AFCON what the result was, but this time it’s different. It’s different players, a different team, and a different AFCON. Anything is possible,” said the Belgian tactician.

Happy to have come this far with his squad, the coach also delivered sad news on the status of Thapelo Maseko. “Sadly, due to the third-degree tear (hamstring), Maseko is out for the rest of the tournament. But he remains with us till the end. We will not replace the player with another due to time (Visas and the travel time to get to Cote d’Ivoire at short notice), so we will continue the tournament with the squad we have.”

Apart from Maseko being ruled out, the team has no other injury concerns. Bafana Bafana take on Nigeria at the Stade de La Paix Bouake at 7 p.m. local time.

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