Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is playing a mind game when he declared that their quarterfinal opponents South Africa are the favourites to advance.
The German promised a cracker at the Cairo International Stadium today though and said the two teams were riding high on confidence after they won their round of 16 games.
Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-2 while South Africa shocked hosts Egypt 1-0 to progress into this stage.
He said: ”When you beat Egypt in this circumstance, with one of the best players in Africa, you will be full of confidence and they deserve to win, they were the better team.
”They have quick strikers and wingers, they have the center-forward playing in France in Strasbourg, we know him very well they have experience in the centre defence.
”We had a good game against Cameroon, we also have confidence so we should expect a match of high quality.
”The strengths of our team are humility and fighting spirit, and even against South Africa it won’t be easy.
”But we also have confidence because we scored three goals against a team who did not concede a goal in the group stage and who had a very good goalkeeper.
”We are confident also but for me South Africa is the favourite.”