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Historical Facts And Details Of Super Eagles Vs Bafana Bafana

South Africa will once again seek to strike a blow on the Super Eagles for a chance to qualify as group leaders to the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Super Eagles have maintained an impeccable win rate in the current AFCON qualifying matches since their 0-2 defeat to South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.

The Gernot Rohr led team have gone ahead to win their three consecutive matches to overthrow the Bafana who have just managed to amass eight points in 4 games as group leaders.

Although both teams could eventually qualify for the football Mundial in Cameroon, what will happen in South Africa on November 17, is battle for prestige and honour so the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana will take no chance when it comes to prestige in African football and eventual group winners.

Nigeria is grouped alongside South Africa, Seychelles and Libya in Group E and only two countries will be eligible to qualify for the 2019 AFCON champions after the CAF Executive Committee ratification to increase participating team from 16 to 24.

Nigeria currently leads Group E with 9 points, with South Africa coming second with 8 points while Libya and Seychelles are third and fourth with 4 and 1 points respectively.

Head to Head

Nigeria Win: 7

Draw: 4

South African Win: 2

Since South Africa’s re-admittance in FIFA footballing nations after apartheid in 1992, the Bafana Bafana have met the Super Eagles thirteen times. Out of the thirteen encounters, Nigeria won Seven, South Africa recorded 2 victories while both sides played drew on four occasions.

South Africa first recorded a victory against the Super Eagles in an international friendly in November 2004. Goals from Shaun Bartlett and Benedict Vilakazi ensured the Eagles first defeats to South Africa, with Seyi Makinwa scoring Nigeria’s consolatory goal.

Nigeria has had the most edge over the Mandela nation as they have defeated South African in various competitions, qualifiers and international friendlies like the FIFA World Cup and AFCON qualifiers, African Nations Cup tournament and CHAN African Nations Championship.

Super Eagles’ humiliating 0-2 AFCON qualifying defeat to South Africa at Akwa Ibom in 2017 was Nigeria second loss to the Bafana Bafana since 1992.

Fact and figures: NIGERIA & SOUTH AFRICA 

 10 Oct 1992: Nigeria 4 South Africa 0 – Lagos (World Cup Qualifier)

16 Jan 1993: South Africa 0 Nigeria 0 – Jo’burg (World Cup Qualifier

10 Feb 2000: Nigeria 2 South Africa 0 – Lagos (AFCON semi final)

31 Jan 2004: South Africa 0 Nigeria 4 – Monastir (AFCON group stage)

17 Nov 2004: South Africa 2 Nigeria 1 – Jo’burg (Mandela Challenge)

1 June 2008: Nigeria 2 South Africa 0 – Abuja (World Cup Qualifier)

6 Sept 2008: South Africa 0 Nigeria 1 – Port Elizabeth (World Cup Qual.)

11 Aug 2013: South Africa 0 Nigeria 2 – Durban (Mandela Challenge)

19 Aug 2014: South Africa 1 Nigeria 3 – Cape Town (CHAN group stage)

10 Sept 2014: South Africa 0 Nigeria 0  – Cape Town (AFCON Qualifier)

19 Nov 2014: Nigeria 2 South Africa 2 – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)

29 Mar 2015: South Africa 1 Nigeria 1 – Nelspruit (Friendly)

10 June 2017: Nigeria 0 South Africa 2 – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)

Biggest Competitive Game

The biggest match played by South African and Nigeria was at the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup in 2000 co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.  The Super Eagles trumped the Bafana Bafana, who were the defending champions, 2-0 courtesy of the first-half brace from Tijani Babaginda in an intense encounter at the 60,000 seater-capacity National Stadium in Lagos.

South Africa went ahead to claim the tournament Bronze medal by defeating Tunisia in a penalty shootout at the Third Place match while Nigeria lost the gold medal to a controversial penalty shootout against Cameroun after playing a 2-2 draw in full-time.

South Africa’s best performances at African tournament came at the 1996 AFCON Championship hosted in South Africa, where they won their first ever African title after defeating Tunisia 2-0 at the historical FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and the Bafana Bafana did an encore two years later at Burkina Faso.

Nigeria withdrew from the 1996 AFCON competition due to political tensions between both countries and was punished by CAF for that action by a ban from the 1998 showpiece.

Read Also: Eagles Qualify For Cameroon 2019 Despite Stalemate Against Bafana Bafana

Match Details

Game: South Africa vs Nigeria

Date: 17 November 2018

Venue: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa

Time: 14:00 GMT

Team News:

The Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has missed all Nigeria’s game since the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia due to fitness concerns and he will not be available for the all-important game against South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Eagles will also miss the services of their inform striker, Odion Ighalo and Goalkeeper Francis who got ruled out due to injuries suffered at their respective clubs.

South Africa’s head coach, Stuart Baxter announced that the key duo of Ronwen Williams and Thulani Serero has recovered from injuries and will be available for the game against Nigeria.

The Bafana Bafana will also miss the services of key players like Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bradley Grobler and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Probable Line-up:

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (GK); Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong;

Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa (C). Samuel Kalu, Henry Onyekuru

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune (GK); Sifiso Hlanti, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi; Lebohang Maboe, Thulani Serero, Teboho Mokoena Vincent Pule; Lebo Mothiba, Percy Tau, Dino Ndlovu


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