South Africa Coach, Stuart Baxter has said they respect Nigeria only for history and the new project but nothing more.
Baxter, who remains the only coach to lead Bafana to a win against Nigeria in the 12 head to head, also expressed confidence “we’ve got the capacity to make an upset” on June 10 when the two meet in a 2019 Afcon qualifier.
“we respect the Super Eagles because of their history and two, they’re putting together a new team; that’s been quite successful.
“But when we land we know that we’ve got the capacity to make an upset. But just having individual respect for Nigeria, not at all and we’ll do whatever we can to get a positive result.”
South Africa touched down in Lagos on Wednesday and are scheduled to continue on the journey to Uyo by Thursday.
Bafana Bafana had been hit with series of injury concerns; with as many as seven players reportedly struggling to be fit enough for the trip.
Baxter, 63, did confirm the initial fears, but revealed he has a complete team to execute Saturday’s game. He also gave an update on the fitness of former Bournemouth forward, Tokelo Rantie.
“It’s (the team) ready, we’ve had a few injury scares but we land in Nigeria with a squad we’re happy with and in a good space.
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) June 8, 2017
“He (Rantie) has trained the last 2 days and he’s been 100 percent. So if there’s no reaction to that, then he’ll be available,” Baxter told brila.net
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