2019 Afcon qualifier: Bafana plan to frustrate Eagles
South Africa are planning to adopt a defensive formation to frustrate Nigeria and hit them on the counterattack in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo on June 10, it has been revealed.
1996 African champions Bafana Bafana have never won in their 11 competitive games against the Super Eagles since 1992.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxer is desperate to end Bafana’s 25-year-old winless run against the Eagles and he is racking his brain trying to settle for the best approach for the Uyo clash.
The Englishman revealed on Monday that he had hired the services of a Manchester United scout to monitor the Eagles, who are currently camped in Paris ahead of the qualifier. As part of their preparations for the Bafana meeting, the Eagles face Togo in a friendly affair in Paris on Thursday.
Bafana plan to dominate possession, frustrate Nigeria’s attacking riches and pounce on counter attacking opportunities, with Turkey-based striker Tokelo Rantie the arrowhead.
“In terms of his football: I saw Tokelo playing against Nigeria (in 2014) and he scared them to death. I think Nigeria will not want to see him on the teamsheet,” Baxer, 63, was quoted by Kickoff.com as saying on Tuesday.
Bafana defence ace Thulani Hlatshwayo insists the Eagles are not unbeatable, saying they would aim to claim all points in Uyo.
“It’s important that we take care of ourselves, we know the history with Nigeria,” the Wits star said.
“We have struggled against them but we eliminated them from the 2015 AFCON with a 2-2 draw. We need to go there and fight.”
He added, “We also need to have those things, even though we know our strength is hanging on to the ball. We have to outsmart them.”
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg forward Victor Osimhen was expected to arrive in the Eagles camp on Tuesday night, after the arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Kayode Olarenwaju, Henry Onyekuru and Wilfred Ndidi at the camp in Paris .Punch