AFCON qualifier showdown: Bafana Bafana in trouble against Super Eagles — Kpakor

By Victor Enyinnaya on June 10, 2017

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Ex-international Moses Kpakor has urged the Super Eagles to ensure they won’t give South Africa’s Bafana Bafana any breathing space that would make them believe they can rewrite the history of the odds against them in football matches involving both countries since the fall of apartheid policy, as they try each other for size in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, today, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

He made the declaration in an exclusive conversation with Daily Sports.  He stated that though football is not mathematics, there is every need to sound this alarm bell so that the wholly young players assembled by Gernot Rohr for the AFCON qualifier showdown would not take things for granted against a side that have been spitting fire openly since the grouping was released by CAF.

“The best remains to subject them to undue punishment which will automatically put them in trouble of losing the vital three points.

“Football is dynamic sport and so all the countries have braced up decisively for the worst against each other’s throat. The one in Uyo won’t be an exception.  The era whereby it was an exclusive right of certain African teams to overrun the others as tradition has gone not again.

“The South African side that will square it up against their Nigerian counterparts are no pushovers. Our boys should not rely much on history but do what the present demands. It won’t be an easy game after all no matter what the most critics of the Pretoria team may be thinking.

“It will be classical and with the two sides parading younger players, there may not be too much space for overzealousness rather, the team that utilises her chance(s) will carry the day.  Fans in Uyo will no doubt enjoy the full value for their hard earned money and the fireworks that would follow to the fullest,” he said.

Kpakor also remarked that Rohr and his boys would be going into yet another encounter with hundred percent record, would be hell bent on keeping a clean slate.  He insists that Eagles would carry the day no matter the kind of resistance their opponents would pose and top it up in subsequent qualifiers that would enable it secure AFCON ticket finals coming up in 2019 in Cameroun.  He therefore charges Ogenyi Onazi led squad to justify the confidence repose in them by giving Nigerians that day.

“No matter the way the visitors will approach the game from, there won’t be any escape route for them.  In short, they are in trouble against the West African and three- time African champions.

“I know this set of Eagles is not one for the crumbs. They are known for the best and would not settle for less. Their high performance attitude manifest whenever the going gets rough and tough. The fighting spirit grows stronger when they are under pressure and strike deadly against opponents. These and more of their newly found character and form have of late endured them into the hearts of many including their ardent critics. The Bafana Bafana won’t go home unpunished,” he declared.

The Principal Coach with Benue State University, Makurdi, was emphatic of the ‘no nonsense’ mood of the Nigerian team which they will unleash on the invaders by subjecting them under intensive pressure. The Eagles again did well in FIFA ranking and the friendly game against Togo recently in France. These are warning signals to their other AFCON and World Cup qualifier opponents.

The Super Eagles.

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 10, 2017

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