Pretoria - Minister
of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula believes that Bafana Bafana are capable
of causing an upset when they face Nigeria in their final Group A clash of the
2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Wednesday night.
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renew their rivalry with the Super Eagles at the newly built Uyo international
stadium as they seek to record their first ever victory over the Nigerians in a
African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader told Sport24, in an
exclusive interview on Wednesday, that it will be a good feeling for the South
African football fraternity if Bafana can cause an upset in Nigeria.
also hinted that he will declare Thursday as a public holiday if Shakes
Mashaba’s men bring this long running hoodoo to an end.
"It’s a game
of soccer, nothing is impossible," Mbalula told Sport24.
"And we know
that anything can happen, but I believe in the boys who are with the current
team in Nigeria.
"They are so
motivated and hungry for success.
have the experienced players like Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa and the bunch of
Kaizer Chiefs players who will be competing in Africa next year.
"It will be
a good feeling for us as a country to beat this Nigerians.
"I wish they
can just beat Nigeria at their own backyard and then I will declare tomorrow
(Thursday) as a public holiday because this hoodoo has been going on for a long
"But we are
going there without any pressure because we have already qualified for AFCON
"So there is
no pressure on our team and if it happens we lose we must understand that it
happens in football.
remain proud of our team," he added.
this encounter, Nigeria needs nothing less than a win to book their place in
next years’ continental showpiece and they will be counting on Sudan to cause
an upset at home against Congo, Brazzaville.
both games is at 19:00 (SA Time)