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Nigeria coming to SA for revenge, says Baxter

Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter insists that Nigeria are determined to avenge their defeat of last year against South Africa when the two sides meet at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

READ: Baxter to be sacked if Bafana fail to qualify for AFCON 2019

The Super Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat at the famous Godswill Akpabio International Stadium against Baxter’s charges courtesy of goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau.

“We do have Nigeria first‚ in the small matter of an African Nations Cup qualifier‚” Baxter said as quoted by TimesLIVE website.

“Everybody knows the list of injuries that we have had.

“Everybody knows what I said in the first press conference (a week ago) that despite that (the injuries), I want to speak about the players that we do have because even though we respect Nigeria we do not fear them.

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“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 would be confident‚ we would not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a (2018) World Cup (in Russia).

“They are undefeated since we beat them the last time (in the first qualifier in June last year) and they will certainly want to wreak their revenge.

“So‚ we will be ready, and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need.”

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After four rounds of (of six) matches played, the Super Eagles lead Group E with 9 points, one ahead of South Africa, who have accumulated 8 points from two wins and two draws.  

Libya are in third place with 4 points, followed by the Seychelles on 1 point.

The penultimate group clash will kick-off at 15:00 (SA time).

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