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We'll wreck Super Eagles' revenge mission - Baxter

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Bafana Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter has said that South Africa would brush aside the Super Eagles in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Nigeria are top of the group with nine points from four matches while South Africa sit second on eight points from the same number of games played. A draw for both teams could all but seal their qualification to the bi-annual tournament slated for Cameroon.

However, Baxter insisted that the team has a better chance of defeating the Super Eagles in front of their vociferous supporters on Saturday.

“Though we respect Nigeria, we do not fear them. By the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium, we would be confident‚ we would not be complacent.

“They are undefeated since we beat them the last time and they will certainly want to wreak their revenge.

“So‚ we will be ready and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need.”

South Africa will deliver against Nigeria - Khune

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South Africa goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune believes with the home supporters on their side the team will overcome the Super Eagles in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Having come under serious criticisms from the home supporters after failing to beat Seychelles in Victoria, a result which put the team second spot behind Nigeria on eighth points. It's not yet clear whether the team would top the table at the end of the qualifying series.

However, Khune reiterated the commitment and determination of the players to defeat Nigeria on November 17 (Saturday) if only the fans could give them massive support.

“You know how South Africans are. They like last-minute things‚” Khune said.

“So they will go and buy tickets. We just have to encourage them to come to the stadium‚ and make promises that we will keep and we will deliver on Saturday.

“So that’s our promise – that we will do well. We will definitely go out there and represent the country well.

“So they must play their part as well by coming to support the team. And purchase more tickets.

“Ninety-five thousand – it’s possible.

“South Africans I know you can do it. The team needs you.”

S. Africa vs Nigeria: Okowa promises Super Eagles $25000 per goal

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Ahead of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between the Nigerian Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa, Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has promised to give the Super Eagles $25,000 for every goal scored.

Governor Okowa gave the assurance while interacting with members of the Super Eagles after watching them train at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

The governor who watched the training with some members of the state executive council said he was very excited to watch the Super Eagles train, adding that he was optimistic that the Nigerian team would defeat their South African Counterpart.

“We are truly excited as a state to have you train at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we are glad that you are in Asaba and from what we can see, this is a team for today and the future.

“The fact that you are leaving Asaba for South Africa; we are sure you will get the victory; you are doing very well and we welcome you to Asaba.

“As a state government, we will contribute to what you are going to do out there in South Africa, for every goal, we are going to give you $25, 000.

“When you are back we are also going to host you here in Asaba, we want you to stay strong and success will be yours, because, we are a praying state and we are confident that you are going to South Africa to get a lot of goals; continue to work hard, you are on a national assignment, a call to service and you will succeed,” he said.

President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick in his remark, thanked the governor for making the Stephen Keshi Stadium available for the Super Eagles to train.

He described the team as “disciplined, young and promising”.

Super Eagles Coach, Mr Genot Rohr described the pitch as one of the best in the country, the Captain of the team, Ahmed Musa assured Governor Okowa that they would go to South Africa and qualify for AFCON.

Aboutrika faces one-year jail term

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Egyptian legend, Mohamed Aboutrika has been sentenced to a year in jail on charges of tax evasion, local media reported on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that a commercial and financial crimes court in Cairo passed the sentence against Aboutrika in absentia on Monday, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The court found Aboutrika guilty of evading taxes on earnings of 710,000 Egyptian pounds ($40,000) for doing advertisements for soft drinks and a telecoms firm.

The paper said the court ordered the former player who now lives in Qatar to pay 20,000 pounds as a bond to turn the prison term into a suspended sentence.

Aboutrika, 40, played 100 times for Egypt from 2001-13, scoring 38 goals and helping his country win the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2008.

Super Eagles can't afford to lose against Bafana Bafana - Okocha

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Ex-international, Austin Okocha has advised the Super Eagles players to take the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to the cleaner in Johannesburg in this Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Nigeria tops the group with nine points while South Africa sit second on eight points from four matches. The last time both teams met, South Africa defeated Nigeria 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

After that defeat, the Super Eagles have remained unbeaten, winning all their three matches, beating Seychelles and Libya twice.

However, 'Jay Jay' as he's fondly regarded by football enthusiasts during his playing days, told Kick Off that Nigeria must overcome South Africa in Johannesburg to book their ticket for the bi-annual tournament in Cameroon.

“It was a deserved victory for Bafana Bafana then, which I think we took a lesson from,” Okocha told Kick Off.

“If we win, that’s our ticket to Cameroon, so the pressure is really more on Bafana Bafana, which makes it also an interesting match to watch.

“For me, most important is for the players to understand, which I’m sure they do, that it’s a game they can’t afford to lose if they want to qualify for AFCON.”

Chukwueze scores for Villarreal, fires South Africa warning

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Newly invited Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze has fired a strong warning to Bafana Bafana of South Africa ahead of Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier as he scored his maiden goal in Villarreal's 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.

Having become the fourth youngest goalscorer in La Liga, the former Under 17 star would be hoping to replicate his goalscoring form against South Africa in Johannesburg.

He scored Villarreal's opening goal in the 33rd minutes before De Tomas of Rayo Vallecano levelled the score in the 45th minutes. However, Garcia extended the host lead in the 66th minutes before Sansone scored in the 80th minutes to snatched a point for the away team.

Chukwueze, who has been compared to Bayern's Arjen Robben, is expected to hit the Super Eagles camp today in Asaba.

Mikel's Tianjin Teda remain in China topflight as Ighalo's Changchun Yatai is relegated

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Super Eagles captain and midfielder, Mikel Obi will remain in the top flight of the Chinese Super League for next season after his team narrowly survived relegation in the last fixture at the weekend.

Mikel, who was absent in the team due to injury, watched from the stand as his Chinese club were beaten 5-1 away by Guangzhou Evergrande at the Tianhe Stadium.

The defeat means Tianjin Teda finish the league on 14th position with 32 points.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo was unlucky as his team Changchun Yatai lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang to confirm their relegation from the topflight football.

Despite scoring 22 goals in all competitions for his club this season, Ighalo will be left to decide his net point of action or remain with the club to play second division football next season. 

Super Eagles to depart for South Africa on Thursday or Friday - Ibitoye

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Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye has revealed that the team would travel on Thursday or Friday for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Johannesburg.

Nigeria currently leads the group with nine points, one point ahead of second place South Africa.

Having failed to qualify for 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations respectively, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner, will be hoping to dust away the threat been posed by Bafana Bafana, knowing fully that the 'Madiba boys' defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo.

However, Ibitoye during an interview with a Lagos based radio station that was monitored by Soccernet.ng stated that the team would depart for South Africa on Thursday.

“The NFF have ensured that every logistics needed by the players is available. Players and officials will use Monday to settle down before proper training starts on Tuesday. We have few days to train in Asaba because the team will depart for South Africa by Thursday or Friday,” Ibitoye said.
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