Super Eagles stand-in captain Ogenyi Onazi on Tuesday said the team had not forgotten their 2-2 draw against South Africa in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo three years ago. The result prevented Nigeria from competing at the Equatorial Guines 2015 finals won by Ivory Coast.
The Eagles meet Bafana Bafana in a Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the same venue on Saturday and Onazi said Nigeria would avoid a bad result this time round.
The Turkey-based midfielder said, “Of course, we remember that it was in this stadium that we missed the opportunity to play at AFCON 2015 when we drew with South Africa. We have not forgotten it. Though it is not a grudge match, we are approaching it with all seriousness.”
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said Muslims in the squad including Ahmed Musa and Shehu Abdullahi would train less ahead of Saturday’s clash because of Ramadan.
He said, “They (Bafana) are the strongest opponents I will face as Nigeria coach so far. I am also aware that they stopped Nigeria from getting to the AFCON 2015 and that this match is very important to Nigeria.”