All systems go as Bafana arrive in Nigeria


"If we manage to frustrate them, the crowd would become restless and that would be a big starting point".

"It's a familiar environment that I'm aware of‚ and we know we have to go to Nigeria and come back with a good result", Hlatshwayo told reporters before a 25-man team left for Nigeria Wednesday.

Nigeria progressed to win six other competitive fixtures against South Africa, with both sides settling for draws in four meetings.

He said because Nigerians were big in size, South Africa should hurt them on swift counter-attacks.

"We need to qualify for Cameroon in 2019 and FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next year".

The coach said the South African team had not lost a match in the last two years and as such, it would be a big challenge to beat the team.

"We must be very strong to beat them and play a very collective game with great fighting spirit because the game is not won until the referee blows the final whistle", he added. Coach Gernot Rohr has a good record.

Inheriting a team that failed to qualify for the 2017 Cup of Nations, Rohr plotted World Cup victories over Zambia and Algeria to bring a 2018 finals place in Russian Federation within sight. "We can make it hard for Nigeria". I am sure they would want to drive the tempo of the game.

Mohamed Salah was a consistent Serie A scorer for Roma last season while the outstanding form of Ramadan Sobhy at Ahly led Stoke City to sign him.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Tiote had not been called up for the match by new coach Marc Wilmots.

Their previous home loss was in a friendly against Uganda in Uyo a year before that.

Among the players battling with injuries are Lebogang Manyama (knee injury), Andile Jali (groin), Tokelo Rantie (swollen toe), Tiyani Mabunda, Aubrey Ngoma (groin), Rivaldo Coetzee (hamstring) and Eric Mathoho who had a concussion.