Defending champions Nigeria hopes to seal qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea with a win against Bafana Bafana this evening in Uyo.
The Super Eagles got their tottering campaign back on track at the weekend in Pointe-Noire, beating hosts Republic of Congo to cancel out a 3-2 shock home loss in September.
“It was not an easy game against a very determined Congo side, but luck was on our side. We took a big step forward (by this win),” said coach Stephen Keshi, who will be without Reading midfielder Hope Akpan, who dislocated his shoulder in Congo, and the suspended Godfrey Oboabona.
“We know what to expect from South Africa. They are in a confident mood after winning the group and qualifying. They have never beaten Nigeria in a competitive game so they will come here with a determination to break that record but we are prepared.
“Now we must do everything to get the three points and qualify for the Nations Cup.”