It’s the first time that South Africa have reached the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations since 2013, and they will be hoping to pick up their first victory since the 2000 AFCON when they beat Ghana in the quarterfinals.
Vice-captain, Dean Furman, had to sit out the last two group games due to an injury niggle, however it was made clear recently that he could make a return against the Egyptians in tonight’s Round of 16 encounter.
Speaking earlier this week about the combative midfield man, Baxter said, “Dean Furman trained yesterday (Thursday) and he trained quite well. We took him out towards the end of the training as precautionary and we are waiting to see the reaction to that training today. The medical team will tell me the way forward.”
Now, with game day upon us, it is thought that Furman made it through training on MD-1, and will be available for selection when Baxter names his squad to face the Pharaohs in Cairo this evening.
It remains to be seen what changes the head coach will make against Egypt, though one forced swap will be somebody replacing Themba Zwane after his second yellow of the tournament against Morocco ruled him out through suspension.
Bafana and the hosts face of at 21h00 this evening.