Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, on Tuesday, said he will be happy to see a good officiating when his side takes on the Super Eagles in Wednesday’s final Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo.
The South Africa Coach who admits that beating Nigeria on their home soil will be a herculean task said he hopes dodgy officiating will not be the order of the day going by the importance of the game to the reigning African champions.
“The only thing with these games is to hope that we get the best match officials, that is all,” Mr. Mashaba told the Sowetan on Tuesday.
“If we get the best then we are confident of results coming our way. Nigeria are in trouble and they need this (win). The game is also about more than just the three points because of the history between the two rival countries. Nigerians never want to lose to South Africans and that alone makes this a humdinger of a match,” Mr. Mashaba said.
Already, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has selected Rajindraparsad Seechurn of Mauritius as referee for Wednesday’s game.
Mr. Seechurn will be assisted by his countrymen, Balkrishna Bootun, as the Assistant Referee 1, Vivian Vally as the Assistant Referee 2 and Parmendra Nunkoo as Reserve Referee.
While Nigeria needs a win to be sure of qualification for next year’s AFCON, losing in Uyo will have no effect on South Africa safe for national pride having already qualified as top team in Group A