AFCON Qualifiers: Aaron Samuel confident ahead of Nigeria, South Africa clash

Nigeria’s rave of the moment, Aaron Samuel, is high on confidence that the Super Eagles will make it to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in grand style, beating South Africa on Wednesday in their final qualifying match.

The Guangzhou R&F player who made his debut for the Super Eagles during the 1-0 loss to Sudan in October in Khartoum told PREMIUM TIMES Nigeria’s chances of making it to next year’s AFCON was literally sealed after his late goal against Congo in Ponte Noire last Saturday.

“Yes, it will be smooth sailing to the Cup of Nations for the Eagles. I believe we will make it there with 100 per cent assurance,” he said.

Having scored twice in his last two outing for Nigeria, the 20 year old attacker told Nigerians to expect more goals from him against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday.

“I will try my best to score a goal on Wednesday; let’s see what happens,” he said. “My motivation is what I know I can do, I always believe in myself before going to the pitch, and I always believe in God.”

Despite the reviews he is already getting for his eye-popping goals for the Eagles, Aaron, a former Shooting Stars player, said his best was yet to come as he is yet to fully settle in to the Nigeria national team set-up.

“I don’t feel I have arrived in the team yet, because I still have more to do in there,” he said. “So far, so good, everything is fine.”

Nigeria has a fair chance of grabbing one of the tickets to the AFCON 2015 on Wednesday once they record any form of victory over the visiting Bafana Bafana of South Africa, who interestingly have sealed their place at next year’s football showpiece in Equatorial Guniea.

The Nigeria-South Africa match will be played at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium by 5pm local time.


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