The 2019 AFCON Qualifiers match between Nigeria vs South Africa on June 10, 2017 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo will kick off at 5:00pm
With Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet returning to the South African squad for the first time since the 2015 Afcon in Equatorial Guinea and Stuart Baxter hoping to use aerial strength against the Super Eagles
“I’m pleased with the squad we have assembled. We have a small element of development with a couple of young players. We also have some players who are returning to the squad like Zungu and Rantie. We have players who have been outstanding in the PSL the whole season. We also have continuity with a number of players that Safa has invested much time in and we have them in the team. I believe we have a good mix,” Baxter told the media.
“We have also looked at aerial strength and tried to spread that well throughout the team. It means if we can have good preparation before we go, then we have a squad that is capable of giving Nigeria a good game,”
All is set for a show down as Nigeria who have missed the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon hope to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the Bafana Bafana, ranked 11th in Africa and 65th in the world and South Africa managed by Stuart Baxter the man who led the Bafana to the only win they have against the Super eagles of Nigeria seek qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations .
Nigeria are about to play three of the biggest games in their modern football history and they come back to back to back. In the first two, against South Africa and then Cameroon for Russia 2018 world cup on 28 August.
Goalkeepers; Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu.
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem and Maroof Youssef.
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu and Alhassan Ibrahim.
Attack; Henry Onyekuru , Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen and Olanrewaju Kayode.
Notable names missing from squad are Chelsea winger Victor Moses, as well as Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo.
SOUTH AFRICAN SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Ronwen Williams, Darren Keet.
Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Eric Mathoho, Lorenzo Gordinho, Abbubaker Mobara, Tebogo Langerman, Sifiso Hlanti.
Midfielders: Hlompho Kekana, Keagan Dolly, Andile Jali, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Themba Zwane, Bongani Zungu, Aubrey Ngoma.
Attack: Sibusiso Vilakazi, Percy Tau, Lebogang Manyama, Tokelo Rantie, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Kermit Erasmus.
PAST MATCHES BETWEEN TWO SIDES
Nigeria vs South Africa
Games won: 7
Games drawn: 4
Games lost: 1
10 Oct 1992 Nigeria v South Africa W 4-0 FIFA World Cup
16 Jan 1993 South Africa v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup
10 Feb 2000 Nigeria v South Africa W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations
31 Jan 2004 Nigeria v South Africa W 4-0 Africa Cup of Nations
17 Nov 2004 South Africa v Nigeria L 2-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 2008 Nigeria v South Africa W 2-0 FIFA World Cup
06 Sep 2008 South Africa v Nigeria W 0-1 FIFA World Cup
14 Aug 2013 South Africa v Nigeria W 0-2 International Friendly
19 Jan 2014 South Africa v Nigeria W 1-3 African Nations Championship
10 Sep 2014 South Africa v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations
19 Nov 2014 Nigeria v South Africa D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations
29 Mar 2015 South Africa v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly