SA aims to break Super Eagles jinx
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – DESPITE sealing their qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015 this past weekend, South Africa will not rest on their laurels when they play Nigeria in the two team’s last qualifier.
The match is scheduled at the newly-built Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Abuja on Wednesday, with the two teams enjoying contrasting fortunes.
While Bafana Bafana, as the visitors are popularly known, have booked their berth in the tournament scheduled for Equatorial Guinea, the hosts cannot afford a slip up.
South African captain, Dean Furman, who led the side when they beat Sudan to book a berth this past weekend, said his side was going all out for maximum points.
“The next match is against Nigeria and we want to maintain our undefeated record by getting a win,” Furman said.
Furman is convinced the Bafana Bafana squad is made up of hungry players with the zeal and ambition to take their country to greater heights.
”I would have to say, on the weekend’s performance, we saw leaders all over. We saw a leader in goal, who came in, we saw leaders at the back who were putting their head on the line and blocking shots.
“We saw leaders in the midfield who were willing to take the ball and go and take on their opponents and we saw leaders upfront who were willing to put themselves in front of goal and finish the job off for us,” Furman said ahead of the match against the Super Eagles.
Nigeria has been long a stumbling block for South African national sides.
They will be determined to break the jinx under a new coach, Shakes Mashaba, and new captain.
Since 2008, Bafana have never qualified for the AFCON and FIFA World Cup tournaments, only participating as hosts.
– CAJ News
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