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AFCON U23: SA star talks tough ahead of Dream Team VII clash

South Africa's Teboho Mokoena

South Africa’s Under-23 midfielder Teboho Mokoena says his team will be at their defensive best when they face Nigeria in their final U-23 AFCON Group B match at the Al Salam in Cairo, Egypt today.

South Africa’s Teboho Mokoena

The 22-year old also stated that his team intends to build on the performances of their first two games.

South Africa are top of Group B with four points, a point ahead Nigeria and remains the only side yet to concede in this tournament.

“We played really well against Ivory Coast in our previous match and Nigeria is another side that we will need to manage as well,” Mokoena said.

“We have been solid at the back in our previous two group games while pressing forward to create scoring chances of our own.”

The same approach will be applied against Nigeria, as we also want to win this game as well. Nigeria have a great side‚ we need to focus again and go with the same mentality‚” he said.

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“We have kept two clean sheets‚ if we keep another one then we know we are into the next round. And we know we are safe.”

Mokoena scored a stunning free kick in South Africa’s win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

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