AFCON 2019: We will beat Nigeria – Baxter


Bafana Bafana of South Africa coach, Stuart Baxter has announced the squad to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.



The Super Eagles lead Group E with nine points, just one ahead of South Africa who are yet to concede or lose a match in the qualifiers.

With the impressive result from the South Africans so far, Baxter believes it will make the tie more difficult. “I must admit this makes the upcoming clash all the more interesting. Remember we beat them 2-0 in the first leg in their backyard, so they will come here trying to avenge that, on the other hand we want to regain the top spot which we relinquished with the draw away to Seychelles. The good thing is that qualification is still in our hands.”

The players to face the Super Eagles include:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits

Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Motjeka Madisha (Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Maritzburg), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Innocent Maela (Pirates), S’fiso Hlanti(Wits), Buhle Mkhwanazi (Wits) Thamsanqa Mkhize (CT City)

Midfielders: Vincent Pule (Pirates), Lebohang Maboe (Sundowns), Hlompho Kekana (Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport), Tiyani Mabunda (Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates)

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal Union), Dino Ndlovu (Zhejiang), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Bafana Bafana are expected to assemble for camp on Sunday, 11 November 2018 in Johannesburg. The South Africans beat the Super Eagles in Uyo on the 10th of June 2017 in the first match of the AFCON 2019 qualifying series.


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