NIGERIA v SOUTH AFRICA: Super Eagles Plan Goal Party for Nigerians – AFCON Qualifier Final Match

By 6pm this evening, you will be opportune to see the best of African football, as Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Bafana-Bafana of South Africa in African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier final match at the ‘Nest of Champions’ – the new Akwa Ibom International stadium.

Super Eagles plan goal party for Nigerians, as they unleash three ruthless strike force, Ikechukwu Uche, Emmanuel Emernike, and CAF Player of the year nominee, Ahmed Musa, on Bafana-Bafana. With a Kind of 4-3-3 formation, that plays long balls to high speed, high fighting, and high skilled combined strike force, it may be difficult for South Africans to contain the Nigerian team for too long in the game.

With the way things are going in the Super Eagles camp now, I can predict that we may likely see scoreline ranging from 3 goals upwards against South Africa. It’s not about extending Nigeria’s 10 years unbeaten run over South Africa, but which team eventually qualify for Equatorial Guinea 2015.

Nigeria presently sit second place on Group A table – level on 7 points with Congo. This final qualifiers fixture will determine who qualifies with South Africa in the Group and eventually make it to Equatorial Guinea in January 2015.

Congo will be playing away to Sudan, who is at the bottom of Group A table. If Congo beat Sudan in Khartoum and the central African team may likely qualify if Nigeria slips again.

But Nigeria has a head-to-head advantage; after it lost 2 – 3 at home, but went on to beat Congo away 0 – 2 in Pointe Noire. All Nigeria need is to out score South Africa and they are sure of the AFCON ticket.

Again, Super Eagles have their destiny in their hands and that’s why they are planning a harvest of goals this evening. Indeed, it will be an epic victory if Nigeria win their first competitive match in the new Akwa Ibom International stadium. Then, it could encourage Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to host more international matches in the Nest of Champions

But Bafana-Bafana team isn’t going to be that merciful. The team held Super Eagles on their toes for 90 minutes in the first leg match in South Africa last month. Bafana-Bafana has such capability to spoil the party for Nigerians and extra care must be taken by Super Eagles’ players, especially in the defense. They mustn’t loose concentration at any point in the game.

Bafana-Bafana have been impressive under the tutelage of new coach, Ephraim ‘Shake’ Mashaba and haven’t lost a game yet in the qualifiers. South Africa has already qualified with 11 points and can easily spare this game if not for national pride.

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