AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Jet Out For South Africa Thursday

Super Eagles
Super Eagles

Nigeria’s delegation to Saturday’s big match ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will depart the country aboard a chartered flight from the Benin City Airport on Thursday evening for South Africa.

Super Eagles will battle the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.

So far, Nigeria and South Africa have clashed 13 times in the friendly and competitive football matches.

Of these times, Nigeria won seven, lost two and drew four times with South Africa.

Already, the Super Eagles team captained by Ahmed Musa and 21, Tuesday evening, trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a statement said there were goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Theophilus Afelokhai and Ikechukwu Ezenwa at the training.

“At the training, we also had defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Adeleye Aniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins.

“There were also midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu and Mikel Agu, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Samuel Chukwueze.

“Only France-based forward Samuel Kalu is expected on Wednesday,’’ he said.

Straightnews understands that a draw at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday will guarantee the Eagle a stop at the tournament.

On Match Day 1 of the qualifying series, South Africa won 2-0 with goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau right inside the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

Since the 2019 AFCON qualifiers resumed in September, Nigeria has won all three matches topping Group E with nine points while South Africa has eight points to occupy second position.