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After beating Bafana 2-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told Goal that he expected the victory

Although the African champions Nigeria started at a slow pace, stepping up in the second half, Keshi told Goal that he knew they would beat South Africa.

“The win was not a surprise to us at all. I knew that my boys were going to win from the start, and so I was not surprised by the result," said Keshi.

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Despite his confidence, the coach also reminded us that he respects South African players, but feels that there is a long road ahead for Bafana Bafana to improve.

“They (Bafana) were a good side, but I feel that they can still improve on their standards,” said Keshi.

The Nigerian said the Nelson Mandela Challenge was about giving his players a chance to practice with each other.

“Our main goal is to play well against Malawi, and that is what we are worried about more than anything. The Bafana game was good, but it did not really challenge us that much,” he said.

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