Su­per Ea­gles on verge of AF­CON finals

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - David Ngobua

Aformer in­ter­na­tional, Ti­jani Ba­bangida has said Su­per Ea­gles op­po­nents in to­day’s AF­CON 2019 qual­i­fier, South Africa will be tough op­po­nents.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust on Satur­day, the for­mer Ajax Am­s­ter­dam winger said the South Africans will be mo­ti­vated by their 2-0 vic­tory in the first leg of the Group E match.

It will be re­called that the Su­per Ea­gles suf­fered their first de­feat to South Africa in a com­pet­i­tive match on June 10, 2017 in their open­ing match of 2019 AF­CON qual­i­fiers in Uyo.

Ba­bangida, there­fore, said the vic­tory in Uyo will in­spire the Bafana Bafana to go for an­other win over the Su­per Ea­gles.

He, how­ever, said with the cur­rent form of the Su­per Ea­gles, vic­tory is pos­si­ble for the Ger­not Rohr’s men in to­day’s clash.

The mem­ber of the 1996 At­lanta Olympics win­ning Dream Team I also said de­spite in­jury to Wil­fred Ndidi and Odion Ighala, the Su­per Ea­gles can get back their pound of flesh from the South Africans.

“It is not go­ing to be an easy match for the Su­per Ea­gles. Their op­po­nents are mo­ti­vated by the 2-0 vic­tory in Uyo.

“The his­toric vic­tory will cer­tainly in­spire them to go for the dou­ble against the Su­per Ea­gles.

“Although it will be a dif­fi­cult match, I still be­lieve the Su­per Ea­gles can get a good re­sult against South Africa.

“My con­fi­dence is based on the good form of Su­per Ea­gles play­ers. Most of them are play­ing reg­u­larly for their clubs in Europe.

“It is true at least three Su­per Ea­gles play­ers are out in­jured but that is not enough to deny the team vic­tory in South Africa,” he said.

Ba­bangida, there­fore, ad­vised the Su­per Ea­gles to be fo­cused and go for at least a draw.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the South Africans will be all out for vic­tory to re­claim lead­er­ship of the group so the Ea­gles can catch them on quick counter at­tacks.

“We must not throw cau­tion to the wind but there will be need for quick counter at­tacks be­cause the Bafana Bafana will try to pile pres­sure on us.

“There will be no need to sit back and de­fend through­out the match.

“Ea­gles too will have to push for vic­tory but it must be done with cau­tion,” he ad­vised.

Alex Iwobi

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