Nigeria’s efforts to move top of Group E in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers received a massive dent on Saturday, as South Africa romped high on the log with a 6-0 trouncing of Seychelles, footballlive.ng can report.
While Nigeria’s Super Eagles scored early but struggled and failed to a second all through the first half of their clash with Libya same day in Uyo, Bafana Bafana proved that theywill be a thorn in the flesh for Gernot Rohr’s boys.
However, The Nigerian side now have six points to trail South Africa who have seven points.
Odion Ighalo did the yeoman job with his hat-trick before Samuel Kalu scored the fourth goal.
The reverse fixture will hold on Tuesday in Tunisia.,
The South Africans were the side that gave Rohr his first defeat as Eagles’ boss, when they pulled off their first ever competitive match victory against Nigeria, and away for that matter, in Uyo back in 2017 at the start of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
They will now aim to make it a race to the tape with Nigeria, in the final group match on November 17 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, following their spanking of Seychelles at same venue on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana scored three goals in the first half and did same after the restart, as they reached seven points from three matches, while Seychelles are yet to record any points, ahead of the reverse fixture next week in Victoria.