Afcon 2019: Unfancied South Africa should play without fear against Egypt - Dylan Kerr

Dylan Kerr, Black Leopards
The well-traveled tactician, who has coached in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya, has shared his views ahead Bafana's crucial clash with the Pharaohs

Former Black Leopards head coach Dylan Kerr has urged South Africa to play without any fear against Egypt on Saturday. 

Bafana Bafana are scheduled to face the Pharaohs in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 encounter at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt

South Africa scraped through to the knockout phase as one of the four best third-placed teams despite having struggled in Group D, recording two defeats and one win. 

"South Africa have underperformed at that level of expectations," Kerr told Goal

"But qualifying for the knockout stages means the coach [Stuart Baxter] can hopefully get the players to play quicker with more energy and beat Egypt, who no doubt everyone fancies to win."

Egypt eased into the knockout phase having won their three Group A matches - defeating Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda

The Pharaohs are widely considered to be one of the favourites to win the tournament as they eye a record-extending eighth Afcon title. 

"They qualified so they have a chance like all the others," the Englishman, who is currently unattached after leaving South African club Leopards two months ago, continued. 

"Against Egypt, they have to play with no fear and be solid at the back be patient and when they have a chance to attack, attack at pace and create chances more."

Bafana, who are hoping to go all the way and clinch their second Afcon title this year, will be buoyed by their good record against the Pharaohs. 

The two teams have meet 11 times with South Africa recording six victories compared to Egypt's four wins and one game ended in a stalemate.

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Their last competitive encounter ended in a 0-0 draw in September 2011,  a 2012 Afcon qualifier in Cairo.

South Africa will be without winger Themba Zwane, who is expected to serve a suspension against the North African giants.