Bafana Bafana arrived in Nigeria last night, where they will continue preparations ahead of their Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
The South African national team will lock horns with Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, June 10, in the opening encounter of the AFCON qualifiers.
The South African Football Association’s president, Danny Jordaan, is confident that a good performance by Bafana on Saturday will set the tone for the rest of the country’s upcoming fixtures, the Chan and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“We need to qualify for Cameroon in 2019 and FIFA World Cup in Russia next year. We have a massive year ahead of us and a good showing in Uyo on Saturday would set the tone for the rest of this demanding year,” Jordaan said on SAFA’s official website.
Head Coach Stuart Baxter also added that he is eager to frustrate the Nigerian side on Saturday, saying that his side respects the Super Eagles but ‘don’t fear anyone’.
“We need to guard against them going at us in the opening minutes. If we manage to frustrate them, the crowd would become restless and that would be a big starting point,” Baxter said.
“Respect yes, but we don’t fear anyone. I believe the secret to having a good result on Saturday would be to do things collectively; attack and defend as a unit.”