Bafana Bafana of South Africa head coach, Stuart Baxter has revealed that his team will only respect and not afraid of the Super Eagles in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final tie in Cairo.
The experience tactician who masterminds the exit of hosts Egypt from the tournament also dismissed reports that he has a special plan to man mark Eagle’s influential duo of Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo, the same way he stopped Mohammed Salah of Egypt.
Baxter added that he will set up a system which will make it difficult for Nigeria to play their game.
“We will respect Nigeria but we are not afraid of them,” Baxter told journalists.
“We don’t make individual plans for players. We will try and make it difficult for them to play. We will try to cut football supply to the strikers too.
“We need to remain very humble. If you look back not so long time ago, we won’t be overconfidence against Nigeria. Nigeria is still one of the powerhouses on the continent.
“They are doing very well. We shouldn’t be under any illusion that Nigeria is one of the best team in Africa with a very good squad team.“
“It will be a massively difficult game for us. we must be mentally ready for the game.“
Baxter’s men remained unbeaten against Nigeria in the last two outings , however, the English man is optimistic, that his will give their all to make the situation unchanged and earn another high profile victory over the three time African Cup of Nations champions.
“The last time we played against Nigeria, we had six of our regular players missing in the 1-1 game. When we went to play against Nigeria in 2017, they had the strongest players available as at the time.
“I also went with the strongest players available too. I don’t think he went into that game to lose. He wanted to beat us because it was the first game of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. I don’t get involved in this mind game.
“We will do everything to win. This is not about a personal battle between Baxter and Nigeria it is between South Africa versus Nigeria. Past results won’t play any part in the quarter-final game.”he said.