Saturday, June 10, 2017

AFCON 2019 QUALIFIER: we’ll Wreck South Africa –Onazi, Musa

Super Eagles players are turbo-charged for their African Cup of Nations qualifying match against South Africa slated for Saturday (today) but the Bafana Bafana are also determined to stop their nemesis this time. Eagles’ interim captain Ogenyi Onazi told Saturday Telegraph that although it was going to be a tough game, the Super Eagles were condemned to win on Saturday. He said it would be unimaginable for the team not to be in Cameroon 2019 AFCON and anything apart from maximum points against the Bafana Bafana is unthinkable.

      He said they wouldn’t make another mistakes after the South Africans stopped Nigeria from going to the 2015 edition of the tournament following a 2-2 draw in Uyo three years ago. “I agree with you that this is a grudge match because this team denied us the opportunity of playing at the 2015 Nations Cup. It is hard to forget that and you know Nigerians don’t forgive losers easily, so it is our job to make them happy.
“We have respect for the South Africans but we have a duty to restore our pride. It is a big privilege for me to be leading the team out in this game, and I am sure we will take the three points on Saturday. “We need the support and prayers of all Nigerians.
There is nothing we can do without their support, and we are hoping we will get 100per cent on Saturday,” he said. Striker Ahmed Musa said the players needed total concentration to win and that is what they would do.
He said all the players were in high spirit and determined to give their best. “The training has been very good, everyone is in good spirit and as a team we are ready to give our best on Saturday,” he said. Musa scored two goals in Eagles’ 3-0 win against Togo in an international friendly match last Thursday, and when asked if he would repeat such feat against the Bafana Bafana he said: “I have just said all of us are ready to give our best to make sure we win on Saturday. I am not the coach, he determines who plays but if I play, like I always do, I will give my best for the team.” Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo said they had overcome the psychological disadvantage after they stopped the Eagles from going to the 2015 Nations Cup. We were very close to beating Nigeria in 2014 and we stopped them from going to the Nations Cup even though they were the defending champions; that is a huge advantage for us. Nigeria have a good team with top players playing well in Europe and so we know what to expect on Saturday because they will like to come out against us and that might work in our advantage,” he said.

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