Slow ticket sales for Bafana Bafana, Nigeria showdown


Last month, Bafana played in an nearly empty stadium when they faced Seychelles, such that Grobbelaar and his staff at Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) are urging their compatriots to buy tickets, then troop out to support the team on match day.

South Africa equalised in the 26th minute after Mothiba tapped into an empty net after he was found by Tau, who had dismissed three Nigerian defenders and goalkeeper.

The Super Eagles qualified for Cameroon 2019 with the result.

Though Hlatshwayo is keen on embarrassing the Super Eagles again, he knows that the history between the two nations is heavily stacked in the favour of the visitors. The weather was tough for both teams and players coming from Europe.

Bafana are left needing a far-from certain draw away against Libya in their final game in March.

The 10 points guarantee them a top-two finish-top-two of every group qualify for AFCON 2019- in Group E of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

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However, the South Africans say Nigeria will suffer another defeat this afternoon.

One such intricate build-up down the left flank saw the unsafe Saudi-based Ahmed Musa teed up on the edge of the area to force a diving save from Itumeleng Khune.

The goal gave the South Africans the confidence to come out dictating play in the second half.

Nigeria missed a golden chance when Samuel Omeru headed wide from a good position following a free-kick on 73 minutes. Early on Mothiba teed up Serero for a volley in the area, directly in front of goal, the Vitesse player miscuing over the bar.

Tau set up the goal for South Africa with a lovely turn which took out Nigeria's back-three defence line of William Troost-Ekong, Leon Aderemi Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo in one swoop, thereby setting him up for the day's biggest individual prize.

Bafana Bafana hold the bragging rights in recent times after they claimed a shock 2-0 win over Nigeria in Uyo a year ago, courteously of a brace from Tokelo Rantie.