- Super Eagles are set to battle South Africa in the opening game of the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers
- It was gathered that the training sessions began in earnest as the squad arrived in camp on Monday, June 6
- The Eagles will face Bafana Bafana on Saturday, June 10,at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to battle South Africa in the opening game of the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers on Saturday, June 10, at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.
NAIJ.com understands that prior to the game, Nigeria have never lost a competitive match to South Africa at senior level, and the Super Eagles are confident that record will not only be sustained, but a convincing win by Nigeria awaits in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo.
According to reports, 21 of the 24 invited players, alongside technical crew and backroom staff, arrived at their familiar Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo on Monday, June 5 and training sessions began in earnest on Tuesday ahead of the big encounter.
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The South African Football Association has confirmed that the Bafana Bafana delegation will fly into Lagos on Wednesday, June 7, and then immediately connect a flight to Uyo, as both teams looked forward to a pulsating game on the turf of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Recall that South Africa denied Nigeria a place at the 2015 AFCON at the same venue in November, 2014. That game ended 2-2.
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Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who is set to lead out the Super Eagles on Saturday in the absence of recuperating captain Mikel John Obi, told thenff.com on Tuesday: “It is a big game, and we are one for the big occasion."
“I have confidence in the group that we have now and the ambition oozing in the camp. We want to go to the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. Starting well on Saturday will be key to our aspiration.”
Meanwhile, you can see NAIJ.com's video of the Super Eagles training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers;