The Head coach of the South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, Ephraim Mashaba, says Nigeria will be under immense pressure to beat his team Wednesday because of Nigeria’s loss at home to Congo on Saturday.
He said his team will ensure Nigeria does not recover from the painful defeat.
In a chat with reporters in South Africa after Tuesday’s routine training, Mr. Mashaba said Nigeria is under pressure because of hitches in the team and football federation.
“Nigeria will be under pressure coming off a loss at home. They are under tremendous pressure. No doubt about it. They have had some problems in their camp, administration problems,” said Mashaba.
“Also one or two of their players have not joined their camp so this all adds pressure to them,” he said.
He said Bafana Bafana plans to tackle the Cup of nations defending champion to ensure it doesn’t recover.
“Our plan is to take the game to them from the first whistle. They must not recover. All I want is for my players to forget about the Sudan game and focus on our current job which is Nigeria,” he said.
South Africa tops the Group A of the qualifier after defeating Sudan in a 3-0 encounter last Friday in Khartoum. The Super Eagles on the other hand lost to Congo on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat in Calabar.
Meanwhile Super Eagles stand-in captain and goalkeeper, Austin Ejide, said the team have put everything together for Wednesday’s clash against South Africa and ensure they snatch nothing less than three points from the Bafana Bafana.
“We are prepared because this game is an important game for us. We were so unfortunate that we lost our home game, but now is an opportunity for us to make it right,” Ejide told journalists after Tuesday training in Capetown.
“We are prepared mentally, physically… we are here and I see a lot of confidence among the players, so it’s all out to win and [try pick up] the maximum three points.”
The match will kick off in Cape Town at 8pm.