AFCON qualifier: South Africa coach talks up Super Eagles chances

South Africa coach, Stuart Baxter, insists that the Super Eagles are determined to avenge their defeat of last year when the two sides meet at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The Super Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium against Baxter’s charges courtesy of goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau.

“We do have Nigeria first‚ in the small matter of an African Nations Cup qualifier,” Baxter said as quoted by TimesLIVE website.

“Everybody knows the list of injuries that we have had.

“Everybody knows what I said in the first press conference (a week ago) that despite that (the injuries), I want to speak about the players that we do have because even though we respect Nigeria we do not fear them.

“I think we have still enough talent‚ enough desire and if we can structure a game plan in the next three or four days‚ I think by the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium we would be confident‚ we would not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a (2018) World Cup (in Russia).

“They are undefeated since we beat them the last time (in the first qualifier in June last year) and they will certainly want to wreak their revenge.

“So‚ we will be ready, and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need.”

After four rounds of (of six) matches played, the Super Eagles lead Group E with nine points, one ahead of South Africa.

Libya is in third place with 4 points, followed by Seychelles on one.

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