Bafana, Super Eagles in grudge double-header

2015-03-07 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Bafana Bafana will play the Super Eagles of Nigeria on March 29 at Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga, the South African Football Association (Safa) revealed at a press briefing yesterday.

“The upcoming game will definitely be another grudge encounter and both countries’ coaches would like to put the record straight,” said Safa president Danny Jordaan. “Whenever the two nations clash, the entire country comes to a standstill, more so with a huge Nigerian community in South Africa.

The two will clash in a high-profile international friendly, the 12th meeting between the continent’s bitter rivals. In the past 11 meetings so far, Bafana Bafana have only prevailed once, lost seven encounters and drawn the other three.

South Africa and Nigeria drew the two matches in the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying encounters for Equatorial Guinea although Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba will feel he should at least have won one of the two games.

The first ended in a goalless draw at Cape Town Stadium in which South Africa spurned two late chances and in the return game, conceded two late goals as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Tickets are available from Monday and will go for R60 all round.

Meanwhile, South Africa Men’s National U17 team, Amajimbos who finished runners up at the recently ended CAF African Youth championships in Niger to Mali, have an opportunity to avenge their final loss to the West Africans.

The Amajimbos, Mali match kicks off at 1 pm.

The South African U17 team met Mali twice in Niger — drawing the first match 2-2 during the group stages and losing 2-0 in the final. Both teams, together with Nigeria and Guinea, will represent Africa at the World Cup in Chile.

“Fans could not have asked for a better soccer feast. Before Bafana Bafana take on the Super Eagles, fans will watch a repeat of the Amajimbos, Mali grudge fight,” said Jordaan.

Bafana v Nigeria

1992: World Cup qualifier - Nigeria 4-0 South Africa

1993: World Cup qualifier - South Africa 0-0 Nigeria

2000: African Cup of Nations - South Africa 0-2 Nigeria

2004: African Cup of Nations - Nigeria 4-0 South Africa

2004: Nelson Mandela Challenge - South Africa 2-1 Nigeria

2008: World Cup/AFCON qualifier - Nigeria 2-0 South Africa

2008: World Cup/AFCON qualifier - South Africa 0-1 Nigeria

2013: Nelson Mandela Challenge - South Africa 0-2 Nigeria

2014: African Nations Championship - South Africa 1-3 Nigeria

2014: African Cup of Nations Qualifier - South Africa 0-0 Nigeria

2014: African Cup of Nations Qualifier - Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

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