Stuart Baxter has no fear over Nigeria clash

By Daily Sports on November 14, 2018

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South Africa coach Stuart Baxter says that while his side have a healthy respect for Africa Cup of Nations qualifier opponents, there is no fear of the Super Eagles ahead of the clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Bafana are unbeaten in their last four matches against Nigeria, including a 2-0 victory in Uyo last time out. That was the second time that Baxter has masterminded a victory over the Super Eagles having also beaten them 2-1 during his first spell in charge of the side in 2004.South Africa have not lost a full competitive international to Nigeria since 2008, not counting the African Nations Championship that features restrictions on squad selections. So despite an injury-ravaged squad, with the midfield hardest hit, Baxter is confident he has enough to take on and beat the Super Eagles, which would secure Bafana’s place.

“Everybody knows the list of injuries that we have had,” Baxter told reporters. “Everybody knows what I said in the first press conference that despite that, I want to speak about the players that we do have because even though we respect Nigeria we do not fear them.

“I think we have still enough talent‚ enough desire and if we can structure a game-plan in the next three or four days‚ I think by the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium we will be confident‚ but not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a World Cup.”

Baxter says Nigeria will no doubt want to right the wrongs of Uyo, where Bafana could easily have won 5-0 as they dominated a lacklustre Super Eagles side. (ESPN)

•Photo shows Stuart Baxter 

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 14, 2018


 

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