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South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter plays down AFCON favourites tag

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter plays down AFCON favourites tag
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The Bafana Bafana produced a shock 1-0 win over hosts Egypt in the last 16.

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter has played down his side being labelled as favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations title by Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr ahead of their quarter-final showdown.

The Bafana Bafana produced a shock 1-0 win over hosts Egypt in their last 16 clash at the Cairo International Stadium, which resulted in the Pharaohs sacking head coach Javier Aguirre.

Rohr claimed South Africa's victory, courtesy of a late goal from Thembinkosi Lorch, meant they had "become the competition's favourite".

Baxter, though, was not about to be drawn into mind games as his side look to continue their progress – having only qualified for the knock-out stages ranked fourth of the best third-placed teams.

"Nigeria are absolutely one of the best teams on the continent and have been for a long time. One game doesn't make us favourites. I don't think he (Rohr) is fooling anybody," the South Africa coach said at a press conference.

"We'll be respecting Nigeria, but not fearing them. We will have to produce a very good South Africa performance to beat them."

Rohr will not underestimate the challenge ahead for the Super Eagles.

"When you beat a strong team like Egypt, you become the competition's favourite," he said.

"We have a huge game in front of us, therefore we are expecting a top quality match."

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
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