AFCON: Bafana Bafana face Nigeria to make history

BY NATALI IVERSON - SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bafana Bafana will be facing the Nigerian Super Eagles in Wednesday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium, with the hope of making history by winning the match against the West African nation for the first time.

After winning against Sudan last week Friday, Bafana will be aiming to further their success by knocking-out the dominant Super Eagles in their crucial Group A qualifying match, which would also end a 22-year losing streak.

Bafana midfielder, Dean Furman is confident that the team will change history.

“Winning breeds confidence, it lifts the mood of the camp and everyone's in great spirits. We've been training really hard in Cape Town since we've been back [from Sudan],” Furman said on Tuesday.

“Hopefully we can keep the spirits high with another win. Everyone seems to be excited for this game and we have to make sure that we approach it with the same mentality as we did the game in Sudan.”

Furman admitted that Nigeria is a strong team, with talent in all positions.

“As an individual, this is what you want. You want to be playing against the best, you want to be playing against the top clubs and countries in the world,” he said.

“What's important is that we really go out there knowing that we can go and win this game. We have to believe that we can compete against these players.

“It's going to be a tough game, we know they lost the other day but they're still a top side. They're still the African champions and they'll be looking to get their first points on the board.”

Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has implored with locals to support the team during this game, adding that he wants the Cape Town Stadium to be full of South African fans.

“We can only hope that people come in large numbers. We need the '12th player'. We saw in Sudan, the stadium was fully packed, up to the brim and they all came to cheer their team," said Mashaba.

“Come give the boys the strength that they need. Even if things don't go right for us, let them cheer for us and we promise them good things,” he added

 

Photo caption: Shakes Mashaba wants South Africa to support their team at the Cape Town Stadium for the game against Nigeria. Photo courtesy of www.thesoccerpages.com