Cape Town - Former Nigerian defender Patrick Pascal has praised South Africa’s new-look team and says they are good enough to win next year’s African Cup of Nations.
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South Africa and Congo finished their Group A qualification campaign for the 2015 AFCON tournament in first and second place respectively, while Nigeria finished in third spot and will not be able to defend the title they won in 2013.
Pascal believes that with a new era being ushered in by Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba (pictured), the South Africans can count themselves amongst the favourites to lift the cup in Equatorial Guinea.
"They (Bafana Bafana) play fast football because they are young and highly determined. They are the team we should watch out for at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. I won’t be surprised if they win the tournament, because they are a good side," he was reported as saying by the PunchNG website.
Pascal also says that the Super Eagles can learn a thing or two from their southern African counterparts.
"We need new players in the Eagles and we must emulate South Africa, who decided to rebuild their team. The South African team had only three old players and they played us without respect," said the former Shooting Stars player.
"We should overhaul our team to inject young players with good attitude. We need players who are hungry for success.
"We need players who are ready to die on the field and not those who play as if they are doing the country a favour."