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Preview: Nigeria v South Africa

2014-11-19 11:46
Dean Furman (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Nigeria have it all to do when they host Group A leaders South Africa in the final round of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Wednesday, November 19.

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The Super Eagles need victory at the Akwa Ibom Stadium to guarantee their place in the 30th edition of the continental showpiece in Equatorial Guinea early next year.

The reigning African champions are tied with Congo on seven points, but are second in the pool courtesy of their superior goal difference.

Three points against Bafana Bafana will see Stephen Keshi's side qualify for AFCON even if the Red Devils beat Sudan in their final group match, due to the fact that the Nigerians have a better head-to-head record in the two outings against the Congolese.

At one stage, though, the west African giants looked in danger of missing out on qualification for AFCON 2015 after failing to win any of their three opening group games, but back-to-back triumphs have put them on course for the finals.

However, South Africa may prove a tough nut to crack; having gone unbeaten in their five qualifiers to date and holding the same opponents to a goalless draw in Cape Town on September 10.

Shakes Mashaba's team have also conceded just one goal in their five Group A encounters, which came in the 2-1 success against the Sudanese on Saturday - a result that secured their place in Equatorial Guinea.

Dean Furman skippered the team for the first time since the tragic death of Senzo Meyiwa, who wore the armband in the absence of regular captain Itumeleng Khune, and the Doncaster Rovers midfielder is expected to lead Bafana out in Uyo again in midweek.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Sport24 will have LIVE and interactive match commentary of the 2015 AFCON qualifier game between Nigeria and South Africa.


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