SA V NIGERIA – THE KEY PLAYERS
Bafana Bafana are fresh from a 3-0 victory in Khartoum over Sudan last Friday and this time around they host Nigeria in Cape Town.
Their opponents, the Super Eagles, are fresh from a 3-2 loss at the hands of Congo Brazzaville. Coach Stephen Keshi will hope to bounce back and redeem themselves against the home side after their disastrous start in the qualifiers.
These are the players to watch from both teams. The game gets underway at Cape Town Stadium at 9 PM tonight
Sibusiso Vilakazi: The Bidvest Wits man will be looking to give problems to the Nigerian defence. Although he didn’t start against the Sudanese in Khartoum, he came on and scored a brace. Should coach Shakes Mashaba start with him, he will definitely change the home side’s fortunes.
Keagan Dolly: The Ajax Cape Town wizard did fairly well in his debut against Sudan as he was rewarded with a place in the starting XI. Coming to the Nigeria game, he’s playing at home in Cape Town and he’ll motivated by the fact that he scored in a friendly against a Cape Town side.
Dean Furman: Furman made a name for himself against the Brazilians last year and he has since made the midfield holding role his own. He will aim to be in charge of the proceedings against Nigeria. He and midfield partner Andile Jali and will aim to be key men for coach Mashaba and ensure they emerge victorious at home.
Uche Nwofor: Uche Nwofor started in Nigeria’s loss to Congo and coming to South Africa, they have one thing in their minds: a win. The former Enugu Rangers hit man could pose a threat to the South African defence, which must keep a close eye on him.
John Obi Mikel: Mikel needs no introduction in international football. He has been a key figure in the Super Eagles midfield. His experience in AFCON and World Cup will add value to the Eagles’ attack. Keshi will pin his hopes on the Chelsea man to steer the West African champions to victory.
Ogenyi Onazi: The 21-year-old midfielder started against Congo and should the “Big Boss” give him a starting place, he could cause troubles for the hosts. The Lazio player is a key player for the Nigerians and his inclusion will be vital for the reigning African champions.