Bafana eager to outsoar the Super Eagles
Itumeleng Khune during the MTN 8 quarter final match between Kaizer Chiefs and University of Pretoria from FNB Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Johannesburg. BAFANA Bafana want to fly higher than the Super Eagles on Wednesday night as they prepare for September’s do-or-die 2014 World Cup qualifier against Botswana. Coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday that beating Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria in the Nelson Mandela Challenge was imperative for building confidence for the crucial September 7 clash.
Captain Itumeleng Khune, who leads the side for the first time since the horrific trip to Addis Ababa where Bafana lost 2-1, said the team could ill-afford to waste the second chance Fifa granted to them. Ethiopia were docked three points for fielding an ineligible player in their match against Botswana, thereby granting Bafana a seat at the last chance saloon.
Nigeria have brought their strongest possible squad, which is without striker Emmanuel Emenike and defender Kenneth Emeruo but includes Chelsea duo John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, plus Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi. Sunday Mba, scorer of the winning goal in the Nations Cup final against Burkina Faso in Johannesburg in February, is also in the country to pose the toughest questions for Dean Furman and Reneilwe Letsholonyane in midfield.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business DaySimilar Stories