Johannesburg - South Africa midfielder Dean Furman believes Nigeria will provide a
welcome test for Gordon Igesund's men, much like Mali did earlier this
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According to the Football411 website, Bafana Bafana face the Nigerians on Wednesday at the Moses
Mabhida Stadium as part of the Nelson Mandela Challenge, with another
clash on Saturday against Burkina Faso in Soweto.
Furman told the website that the midweek clash against
the Super Eagles has all the hallmarks of a titanic encounter, with
Stephen Keshi's behemoths the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions.
"It's going to be an exciting game. They (Nigeria) have done
really well. We need to test ourselves against the best teams in the
world and Nigeria are one of them," the Doncaster man said.
Furman reckons Bafana have held their own against
physically-superior opposition in the past, and highlighted the South
Africans' penalty shoot-out defeat to 'Les Aigles' at AFCON in February
as an example.
"I think we have shown over the last year that we can be
competitive. In the Mali game we did well. They are a big side but they
did not get the better of us," he claimed.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old admitted Belgium-based defender Anele
Ngcongca's unavailability on the eve of Wednesday's match is less than
ideal, but does provide an opportunity for someone else to make his
Furman added: "Obviously every withdrawal is disappointing. Anele
is a big part of the team. We have to look at whose in the camp and who
ever is selected to play will have to step up and make that position