Cape Town - Defender Sifiso Hlanti says Bafana Bafana are fully prepared
ahead of facing Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on
to be sacked if Bafana fail to qualify for AFCON 2019
A win at the FNB Stadium for Stuart Baxter's charges would
see them qualify for the tournament to be held in Cameroon from 15 June to
Hlanti admits that they face a stern test against the Super
Eagles, who currently lead Group E on nine points from four games, while South
Africa have eight.
Speaking to KickOff website ahead of the match, Hlanti said:
"So far everything is going well. The guys are also showing that they are
When quizzed about the responsibility of the players heading
into the game, he added: "Pressure is something that is always there, but
it's up to us as players how we react when it comes to such situations. But it
is not something that we need to put in our head too much because we know our
"We also know what is important to us as defenders. Our
first priority is to keep a clean sheet so everything else will happen on its
own. I think the most important thing is communication and understanding of how
"Worrying yourself too much about the opposition team
doesn't help. We must focus on the quality that we've got."
Bafana beat Nigeria the last time these two sides faced each
other in the first leg of AFCON qualifying.
After four rounds of (of six) matches played, the Super
Eagles lead Group E with 9 points, one ahead of South Africa, who have
accumulated 8 points from two wins and two draws.
Libya are in third place with 4 points, followed by the
Seychelles on 1 point.
The penultimate group clash will kick-off at 15:00 (SA