Baxter: Bafana We’ll Be Ready For Super Eagles’ Revenge Mission

Baxter: Bafana We’ll Be Ready For Super Eagles’ Revenge Mission

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he and his team holds no fear over facing Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Baxter who is gunning for his third win in three games when Bafana face the Super Eagles expects the three-time African champions to have vengeance on their mind ahead of the clash.

The British gaffer led South Africa to a 2-1 win over Nigeria in 2004 in a Mandela Challenge before defeating the Super Eagles 2-0 in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017 – his first match in his second stint at the helms.

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Bafana Bafana getting ready for Super Eagles clash

“We do have Nigeria first‚ in the small matter of an African Nations Cup qualifier‚” Baxter told the Sowetan, A South African online newspaper.

“Everybody knows the list of injuries that we have had.

“Everybody knows what I said in the first press conference (a week ago) that despite that (the injuries) I want to speak about the players that we do have because even though we respect Nigeria, we do not fear them.

“I think we have still enough talent‚ enough desire and if we can structure a game plan in the next three or four days‚ I think by the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium, we would be confident‚ we would not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a (2018) World Cup (in Russia).

“They are undefeated since we beat them the last time (in the first qualifier in June last year) and they will certainly want to wreak their revenge.

“So‚ we will be ready and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need.”

After the matchday-five AFCON qualifier on Saturday in Johannesburg, the Bafana Bafana will travel to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium to welcome Paraguay in the Nelson Mandela Challenge next Tuesday.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 23
  • Go on, continue to run your mouth. The matter will be decided on the pitch. Don’t even think of Nigeria … Libya will surely send SA out. 

  • “We do have Nigeria first‚ in the small matter of an African Nations Cup qualifier…” So which one is the “big matter”? The Mandela Cup friendly with Uruguay? Lol. I have never seen such a boastful coach ever before. Even Abrahamovic shows more respect to his opponents. He’s the main reason I’m praying SE batters and disgraces them in their own backyard like 4-0, so that they’ll be out of Afcon qualifiers even before the last match. Don’t worry, by the first 30 minutes of the match, your players will be huffing and puffing from all the SE firepower. Get ready for November 17! It’s almost here!

  • Brown Sugar (Abuja) 1 month ago

    Naija all the way.

  • the guy is talking as if Nigeria also don’t have injury impact on their team. Our 1st choice keeper and our best striker are out due to injury with Ndidi exclusion still Nigeria coach didn’t give any excuse.

    The guy has started looking for what to blame for their loss.

  • Victor 1 month ago

    I actually think South Africa will qualify, but not by beating Nigeria.
    The best they can get is a draw, all they have to focus on is the match against Libya which I think they might win.

  • Get ready to be beaten blue and black, this time around South Africans team are no match for our Super Eagles

  • Abraham Jones 1 month ago

    Nigeria will defeat South Africa. Libya will defeat South Africa. Nigeria and Libya will be in Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations. Good Luck!

  • We don dey talk again o. Na so we talk wey South Africa come here com beat us. Nigeria and South Africa go qualify from this our group as he be day na two teams dey qualify from each group. But it make sense if them dey boast small. It just be like as we go Seychelles home and beat them, we no go expect them to come come here to beat us. Na so South Africa dey feel too. Them beat us 2-0. If na 1-0 I for say na mistake but two goals no be mistake. See, my head dey tell me say South Africa go beat us but my heart dey say na draw. I predict 1-1. If we beat them, he better o but make we dey humble and wish say make South Africa no beat us.

  • _Baxter’s boasts may not be empty_

    “we will be ready and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need”: Stuart Baxter.
    `
    Make no mistake about it, my brothers and sisters, this match against South Africa this weekend is arguably one of the most bitterest encounters in African football in recent times.
    `
    Rohr will have one thing and one thing only on his mind:to set the record straight and prove that once that the shock 0:2 loss to South Africa in 2017 was no more than a freak result!

    However Stuart Baxter on his own part will be angry. Angry that he is not being given the respect that he deserves after all, he was the first coach of South Africa to defeat Nigeria in a 2004 friendly at home.
    `
    Okay that was just a friendly. In 2017, Baxter will repeat the same feat; this time in a competitive match, this time in front of Super Eagles’ fans in Uyo, Nigeria.

    ‘ So why are people still doubting me? Defeating the Super Eagles home and away is a piece of cake’ Baxter will be secretly saying to himself.

    However, Rohr will be having none of that. The German tactician will want Nigerian fans to see his Eagles at their most ruthless with a performance to stun the South Africans at home.

    This promises to be an enthralling encounter however if you think Baxter’s boasts are empty, I hope you won’t be shocked at the end of 90 minutes.

  • Austin 1 month ago

    Baxter is seeing some lapses in the super eagles in terms of tactical formation including some of the mistakes we do in field ofvplay like the wrong passes and defensive errors. Unfortunately we have about three key players out of the game owing to injuries which may slightly affect the confidence of the players in the field of play. Right may have a good game plan but can the players carry out this plan consistently for 90 mins, will rohr’s substitutions be right and come and the best time? I believe that for the eagles to win this match the players need to be confident and defy the spectators. The attack should always come back and help the midfield otherwise the defence would be exposed as balogun looks match rusty.

    • Damn right Austin. Baxter has always sought to identify and exploit the weaknesses of the Super Eagles much to his advantage on two occasions.
      The Super Eagles used to be invincible to South Africa but his has shattered that illusion twice and will be seeking to do the same on Saturday.
      Apparently he knows Rohr well. He said when they met in London, Rohr told him how awful the pitch is in Seychelles.
      Now think, what led to that conversation?
      I see Baxter as a cunning schemer who endeavours to extract information to do his homework well.
      If the shortcomings of Rohr are known to us Nigerians, do you think Baxter will not have a catalogue of these.
      Rohr on his part should also not be underestimated – he knows what he is doing.
      The outcome of this match will be interesting…

  • Benasure 1 month ago

    I see bafafa bafafa beating the Super Eagles,not that I don’t want us 2 win the match but it’ll be pretty difficult,I hope the Eagles will prove me wrong

  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    South Africa had two victories over Nigeria under coach Baxter due to the fact that coach Chukwu wasn’t good enough and same thing applies to coach Rohr last year match against South Africa.

    The first time they beaten was in 2004 I think and the match was very poor.

    The second one which was last year, coach Baxter states it clear on what to do against coach Rohr and he did just as he said.

    If South Africa beat us again on Saturday, coach Rohr should should please step down.

    Nigeria shouldn’t be under any pressure but South Africa. Bafana team will make mistakes upon mistakes on Saturday and Eagles will capitalize on that. Only Nigeria can beat Nigerians on Saturday as it is now because, God has done us a favour but It’s left to the coach and his players to get the job done in South Africa. We are going to South Africa to win not a draw and we want to win the match confusingly not by luck. Coach Rohr should get his fact right. No pressure, no shaking. Just go out there to win and make your people happy. This is what I’m expecting from you mr. Rohr and I want to see that happening on Saturday. I will you the best coach. God bless!!!

  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    South Africa had two victories over Nigeria under coach Baxter due to the fact that coach Chukwu wasn’t good enough and same thing applies to coach Rohr in last year match against South Africa.

    The first time we were beaten was in 2004 I think and the match was very poor.

    The second one which was last year, coach Baxter states it clear on what to do against coach Rohr and he did just as he said.

    If South Africa beat us again on Saturday, coach Rohr should please step down.

    Nigeria shouldn’t be under any pressure but South Africa. Bafana team will make mistakes upon mistakes on Saturday and Eagles will capitalize on that. Only Nigeria can beat Nigerians on Saturday as it is now because, God has done us a favour but It’s left to the coach and his players to get the job done in South Africa. We are going to South Africa to win not a draw and we want to win the match confusingly not by luck. Coach Rohr should get his fact right. No pressure, no shaking. Just go out there to win and make your people happy. This is what I’m expecting from you mr. Rohr and I want to see that happening on Saturday. I wish you the best coach. God bless!!!

    • As already stated, I expect a keenly contested encounter on Saturday.
      Saying that Rohr should step down if we lose on Saturday I think will be a step too far .
      If we lose, it will be clear to me that we have one or two things we learn about Baxter’s knowledge of the weaknesses of the Super Eagles DNA.
      Rohr should set his boys out in a manner that will ensure that he has anticipated every of Baxter’s moves and have developed antidotes for these.
      If the antidotes work, good; if not, one can only hope he learns from this.
      Failure in this match should not be enough to ask for his sacking.

    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      “If South Africa beat us again on Saturday, coach Rohr should please step down”
      .
      Off course we know those who do not like his face and cannot wait for him to fail so that they can go and hire your Adel Amrouche. So beating SA ranks in your order of priorities than qualifying for AFCON…! Weldone.

  • I just feel, this will be a tricky game for Super Eagles. There is a way we play that let teams like South Africa and Ghana thrive against us. Just because these teams like to run around with the ball and we simply don’t like that. Then also absentees, injuries and Goalkeeping issues do not offer too much hope for me.

    I wish the Super Eagles luck but it will be a very tough match and i honestly don’t see us winning the match.

    • Well, to me as an inspiring and upcoming Coach. I will simply say that our mind both as a country and as the Nigeria team should not be set for revenge as a coach his duty is to sit down and study the previous game he lost against the opponent and find out why he lost and how to win the today’s game. There should not be any atom of hurry and fear no panic towards today’s game we have nothing to lose all Rohr has to do is come up with his game plan and motivate the boys go in and play with confidence and get the job done.

      We should be more calm and relax while we tackle Banafa in today’s game. If Rohr, looses today then he has failed because every good coach should not allow himself to be beaten twice by one team it shows superiority and seniority over you. I recently watched England beating Spain on their second meeting after England lost to them at their first meeting that is going back asking your self question why did i fail and what are things that i was supposed to do that i did not do and now how do i get the best result ?.

      From my valuation over our previous game against Bafana, I found out that our team was not well motivated and the players did not give their best like 1000 and 1 % in the game some players are feeling too big in the sense that they are playing in Europe while the Bafanas is mostly home based players and for that they under estimated them and got punished for that. If players approach any game with low ebb then they will not achieve anything everyone should play today as if they are playing at the cup finals and doing that they will get the 3 points YES.

      Rohr is a great Coach. But I strongly believe he need a good assistant who can also read the game very well while the game is going on and be able to assist him and come up with something to win games. I said this because from my match valuation during our world cup last summer we lost two games because we lack proper reading of the game which his assistant should be doing for him because he cannot be able to see most of this things while game is on his mind will be full of the game but the duty of the assistant to do all this. I have not seen our assistant with a jotter and pen which most other assistant do jotting down something while the game is going on and if there is something that he sees that need urgent attention he will call his boss and tell him and they will fix it while other ones can be kept till half time to tackle. With all due respect for our assistant but i suggesting this and he should try to engage himself on this and that will help him for his coaching career and as well help our team.

      We have seen most of top coaches in the top league how their assistant is always penning things down and most at times the head coaches run to get some vital information’s that brings the game changer. Football is not like 1+1 =2 or a magic NO, You need to engage your mind /BRAIN and study the game while is been played from there you can get something out that will see you win.

      Back to WORLD CUP 2018, Honestly speaking, we suppose to win Argentina; in that game if the Coaches did they job well because as long as I am concern there are too many lapses and also wrong formation against Croatia, If they read game very well the worst we could get against Croatia would have been draw.

      Some few players was tired and was also suppose to have pull out which later resulted to the second goal we conceded from the Argentines. Mikel, played as a supporting striker behind Ighalo, and Iwobi were wrongly placed in a position that he was not doing well. Mikel, should have played his free midfield role and we can play two 2 man striker which will help make the Croatia defense to be under pressure which they were not.

      Another thing I also observed from them during the world and in their few recent games was corner kick crosses is always a big threat to our defense. Yes our defense are not good at cutting out air balls from the opponent teams no good defender allows ball to pass behind him, Balogun, and his pairing man should work on this very well in today’s game. In most cases if as a defender you find out jumping from your stand will make you lose the ball then you should calculate your steps back ward before going up and head not just stand at the spot and jump and misses the ball giving the opponent the opportunity to get free goal.

      I hope that they should work on their lapses and be able to play well today and win or get a draw because I know if they are well prepared then they will not lose but win. Where they are playing does not matter a good team is a good team and does not know what is away or what fans are doing at their stand.
      All the best guys I will be there to witness the game life in few hours from now.

      Thanks.
      EMMANUEL.

  • We give Baxter all the credit and forgot that the Super Eagles have not lost an away game in Africa since the emergence of Rohr plus the only game we have lost on African soil was against South Africa which I still consider a fluke and underrating of the South African team by the team and coaching crew…haven said this I have a very strong conviction that we are winning the game on Saturday..thankfully our players are at the peak of their performances at their various club sides…South Africa will be under more pressure to win as we are almost certain of CAN2019 with a win at home to Seychelles which like 95% certain and they, on the other hand, any result aside defeating us might spell doom for us..therefore our players will go into the game more relaxed plus i believe we have a more experienced side than the Bafana Bafana side

    • I agree with you bro. Just worried Kalu might not play and Simon Moses may not be very fit to fill in. These guys have a certain strong bite upfront. Ighalo too, and Ndidi and Uzoho. These are key players that can win a game for their teams. Hopefully, we have enough or better covers in these areas that can still get the job done. I love South Africans, but Baxter riles me to no end. Listen to that guy, he never shows respect to other teams or talk about them. In all his press conferences, he’s always talking about the non-existent speed and strength of his team. He must eat the humble pie on Saturday and may get the boot that day, while SA Afcon qualification hangs in the balance.

  • Ayphillydegreat 1 month ago

    Samuel Kalu is now in camp. The best case scenario for South Africa in this match is to get a draw. I don’t see them beating the SuperEagles on Saturday.

  • Can you hear that ?
    pop,
    it’s rhor bursting Baxter’s bubbles