Gordon Igesund’s men are aspiring to defeat the Super Eagles for the second time ever as they intensify preparations for their win or bust World Cup qualifiers
Moses Mabhida Stadium will be the centre of attraction on Wednesday night as the South African national football team hosts African champions, Nigeria in honour of legendary elder statesman, Nelson Mandela.
This will be the eighth meeting between both outfits as they continue preparations for their crucial World Cup qualifiers in September.
Igesund’s side are favorites at 6/4 (2.5) with Ladbrokes to make home advantage count by claiming victory in 90 minutes. Should this happen, it will be their second victory ever over the Super Eagles which was achieved 9 years ago.
For Nigeria, they are huge underdogs to get a win. The West Africans are chalked up as a 19/10 (2.90) chance with the same firm to get the better of their host. The draw is available at 11/5 (3.20) with Ladbrokes.
The hosts will be parading a weak side following late withdrawals of key players due to club commitments in the Caf Champions League. The story is however different for Stephen Keshi who boasts of his best legs for this friendly.
Bafana Bafana overcame a second stringed Nigeria squad 2-1 in 2004, during the same Nelson Mandela Challenge, little wonder Ladbrokes backs them to score first at available odds of 20/21 (1.95).
Nigeria have produced ding dong results since wearing the crown as African champions recording just three wins from 10 games while South Africa boast of the same number of wins from five games. Going by this, Super Eagles are odds on to win either half at 5/6 (1.83)
This encounter promises to live up to its billing as both countries aim at improving their standing on the Fifa ranking.