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BAFANA Bafana star midfielder Steven "Schillo" Pienaar is putting his last cent on the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) hosts Angola to clinch the 27th edition of the continental showpiece.
Angola have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Afcon after playing to a goalless draw against Algeria on Sunday.
Pienaar said he had been following developments in Angola on television from the comfort of his home in England with keen interest and was impressed by the level of football displayed.
"Angola have been the best team for me to date since the start of the tournament. They work as a team since their appetite for goals is incredible," said the Everton star midfielder.
"They are the host nation, it's good that Angola have qualified for the knockout stages. It's good that Southern Africa is still represented in the tournament.
"It won't be easy but I pick Angola to become the second southern African team after Bafana Bafana in 1996 to win the Afcon title.
"It would be good for our region for Angola to win because teams in west and north Africa have been monopolising the continental soccer competitions."
Commenting on the attack on the Togolese national team in Angola, Pienaar said: "It was an unfortunate situation which cannot be condoned. But it pains me to read in the media and hear people in other parts of the world questioning the security in South Africa for the World Cup.
"You cannot judge South Africa's security based on what happened in Angola. South Africa is not in Angola. These are two different countries that are far apart.
"There is no need for people to worry about security in South Africa because we have hosted more than 147 major global events, including the Confederations Cup, without a single problem."