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Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Group E Preview: South Africa aim to consolidate

14:09 EAT 08/09/2018
Aubrey Modiba & Lebohang Maboe, South Africa, June 2018
The Pirates and the Super Eagles tango in search for first win, while Bafana Bafana line up with the north Africans in a top table clash

Seychelles vs Nigeria

The Pirates were thrashed 5-1 in the opening round by Libya but are eagerly looking forward to taking on the Super Eagles in their first 2019 Afcon qualifier tie at home on Saturday.

Gavin Jeanne’s men will be desperate to recover from the heavy defeat against the Libyans in Cairo and get their qualification campaign back on track at the 10,000 seater Stade Linité.

They are winless in their last six matches and must leverage on the home advantage to end their winless streak against the west Africans.

On the other hand, the Super Eagles horribly bowed 2-0 at home against South Africa courtesy of strikes from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau in Uyo.

Having suffered a losing start, the three-time African kings will seek to avoid a back-to-back defeat as they bid to return to the continental showpiece after missing the last two editions.

Gernot Rohr needs to redeem their image after an uninspiring World Cup outing in Russia, while Jeanne’s side will be looking towards their star striker Leroy Coralie to deliver the goods.


South Africa vs Libya

Bafana Bafana will be hoping to earn their second win in the qualifying series when they take on the Mediterranean Knights in a top of the table showdown in Durban on Saturday.

The South Africans launched their qualification bid for Cameroon 2019, with a shock 2-0 triumph over Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo in June last year.

Stuart Baxter and his men have no simpler chance to consolidate on their good run of form against table toppers Libya, having travelled to upset the Super Eagles in front of their own fans.

Despite injuries to key players like Hlompho Kekana, Lebogang Mothiba, Bongani Zungu and Themba Zwane, Baxter will be relying on Percy Tau and Bradley Grobler.

Adel Amrouche will be looking up to his foreign-based stars Hamdou Elhouni and Ahmad Benali who both scored in their 5-1 trashing of Seychelles to cause an upset on Saturday.