SAFA: No Deal To Play Eagles

The South African Football Association (Safa) has denied media reports that Bafana Bafana will take on Nigeria on March 29. Goal investigates Media reports in Nigeria suggest that the Super Eagles have agreed to a friendly game with South Africa later this month after it was confirmed that Argentina and Uruguay had turned down the 1996 Afcon champions.

Nigeria were scheduled to play Ghana on March 29 in London, but the encounter will no longer take place as no country is allowed to play two matches across two different continents in three days, according to new Fifa rules.

The Super Eagles will play Bolivia at the Uyo International Stadium on March 26, leaving them with no option but to seek an African opponent for their clash three days later.

However, Safa’s communications manager Dominic Chimhavi told Goal that there has never been talks between the two associations over the reported friendly match.

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“No, there’s nothing like that in place,” Chimhavi told Goal.

The two nations last met in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers. Bafana denied Stephen Keshi’s men a chance to defend their title in the Equatorial Guinea, holding them to a 2-2 draw in Uyo late last year.

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