AFCON 2015: We’ll stop Nigeria — South Africa’s Coach

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.


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  • Bayo Ola

    Rinsola, with the election of Buhari as our president the APC youth has just won a battle. But sometimes there are more than one battle in a war. The war has just begun. Lets start another battle. I was part of the “change movement”. It was a battle that culminated in the election of Buhari . It appears one of the major problems this movement did not envisage or address is the character flaws of people the party presented for elections. We did not scrutinize these hooligans that ran on the APC platform. APC gave its tickets to various characters: from alleged terrorist (who was today elected as Senate Majority leader) to a Bank looter as the Senate President, and various other fraudsters. So, it is not surprising to see the party unraveling within a month after it won major elections. We have been duped. Our “change” has been stolen. To go forward: First, we need to go back to the trenches and re launch our movement for a better nation. Second, we need to get rid of a bicameral legislature. It is too expensive. we don’t need it. we only need one National Assembly. Third, we must make their job part-time and based on sitting allowances and commission only. This will make these elective positions unattractive to these hooligans. Fourth, we must henceforth scrutinize anyone that intends to run for elective post in Nigeria. A party that fields anyone with a moral baggage should not be supported.So Rinsola, please roll up your sleeves. The war against thieving elites that have mortgaged our future, is just about to begin!!

  • Pause

    I just remind the writer that she has not seen nothing yet, there is no APC in the sense the article presents it. Forget what you were told and felt, the bottom line is that APC bamboozled young people like you. They have no capacity to deliver even 30% of whatever they promised and the ‘leaders’ know it. It is going to be excuse after excuse until 2019. Sorry…

    • DD

      You don’t sound like you wish them to succeed either, just so you could be proven right.

      Let me remind you though, if they fail, we all suffer for it.

  • Ahmed Aliyu

    How I wish we could have a mid-term test for them,it would have been another chance for us to weed-out those that got the seats happens Tanti of our trust on potency of our choice the PMB

  • Sanmi Falae

    I hope and pray that the leadership of APC has enough sense of responsibility not to let you and a host of Nigeria’s future generations down. I hope Saraki, Atiku, and others behind the national disgrace playing out in the Senate in particular would somehow acquire the awareness to know what damage they are doing to our young people and the future of our country. Whatever you do ‘Rinsola, please don’t follow the bad example of these ignorant bad eggs, as you don’t want a Nigeria that is neither coming nor going for your children.