Saturday, 10 June 2017

AFCON Qualifiers: We Are Underdogs Against Nigeria, Says SA Boss Baxter

Staurt Baxter believes his side goes into today’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria as underdogs.
"It is well-documented that we (South Africa) would have liked a little bit more time to prepare (for the game versus Nigeria) but the players have done fantastic,” the Bafana Bafana coach said at a pre-match press conference in Uyo on Friday.

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“They have shown great energy; they have shown great desire through the time we spent at the training camp, and they have changed my mind from being pessimistic to being optimistic.

“So, we are looking forward to the game. We understand that it is a massive game also for Nigeria because it is a home game and I think my players will go into it feeling maybe a little bit like underdogs but also, with a point to prove."
South Africa has never previously beaten Nigeria in a competitive game.

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