The Super Eagles rivalry with South Africa is a good reason the Bafana Bafana want to beat them on Wednesday, according to Thulani Hlatshwayo.
Nigeria and South Africa will square off in the quarter-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Wednesday.
South Africa stunned hosts Egypt was an upset 1-0 courtesy of a Thembikosi Lorch 85th minute strike.
And the Eagles on the other hand, inflicted a 3-2 defeated to rivals Cameroon in a repeat of the AFCON 2000 final.
As the clash inches closer, Thulani has said the rivalry and history between the Bafana Bafana and Nigeria, will make a win for his team all the more interesting.
“We’ve now made it into the AFCON quarter-finals for the 6th time in our history, this gives us an opportunity to really chase our dream to win,” he told SAFA’s website.
“Our next game is against our biggest rival team, Nigeria. We know playing them will be tough but we have a clear understanding of our mission, and we’ll give it our all once again.
“This is an opportunity for us to regain trust from the fans, to truly discover our identity and have confidence in our capabilities. As captain, I’m confident in the team and what we can achieve.”
He admitted that “There’s a lot of pressure on us to perform well, therefore it is our intention to do our best. It is no longer just about participating but about earning our place on the greatest stage in Africa.
“Whatever the outcome, this is only the beginning for us. I believe that this is a new era and [an]opportunity to do well and participate more in global football competitions.
“The hope for this tournament is to bring the confidence South Africans once had in us when the team won the tournament in 1996.”