South Africa suffered an unpredicted setback in their goal of qualifying for the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations in October as they were held to a 0-0 draw to already eliminated Seychelles.
And Bafana Bafana must overcome Nigeria in Johannesburg if they are to stand a chance of making their ninth appearance at the biennial African football showpiece.
For Nigeria, they are out for revenge after being stunned 2-0 by Stuart Baxter’s men in Uyo back in June 2017. A win would see them earn qualification, while even a draw would suit the three-time African champions as it would leave them needing only to get a draw against out-of-form Seychelles at home.
Victory for Nigeria will set them up nicely into the crunch game against the Mediterranean Knights in Sfax and that would pile the pressure on Libya.
|Game||South Africa vs Nigeria|
|Date||Saturday, November 17|
|Stream (US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In Nigeria, the game will be live on SuperSport. In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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|Nigeria TV channel||Online stream|
|SuperSport 4, SuperSport 10|| |
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Squads & Team News
|South Africa squad|
|Goalkeepers||Khune, Williams, Keet|
|Defenders||Mphahlele, Madisha, Xulu, Maela, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Mkhize|
|Midfielders||Pule, Lorch, Makaringe, Maboe, Kekana, Mabunda, Mokoena, Serero|
|Forwards||Mothiba, Tau, Ndlovu, Zwane|
Stuart Baxter has a number of selection issues to juggle, with injuries to the likes of Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Bradley Grobler.
However, the former African champions will rely on Itumeleng Khune and Percy Tau for inspiration as both featured in the first leg in Uyo.
Potential South Africa XI: Khune, Mphahlele, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Makaringe, Serero, Maboe, Tau, Mothiba, Ndlovu
|Goalkeepers||Akpeyi, Ezenwa, Afelokhai|
|Defenders||Aina, Ajayi, Adeleye, Balogun, Collins, Troost-Ekong, Idowu, Omeruo|
|Midfielders||Agu, Etebo, Ogu|
|Forwards||Musa, Osimhen, Iwobi, Iheanacho, Kalu, Success, Simon, Chukwueze|
Francis Uzoho and Odion Ighalo was initially called up by Gernot Rohr but have since been forced to pull out due to injury. John Obi Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi are absent, meanwhile.
Nevertheless, the German can call upon Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Mikel Agu to fill the vacuum they created.
Ahmed Musa will seek to pull the strings in the attack, while Alex Iwobi, who has been impressive for Arsenal, will attract the attention in an offensive capacity.
Potential Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Ajayi, Ekong, Balogun, Collins, Agu, Etebo, Ogu, Musa, Iwobi, Success
Betting & Match Odds
Visitors Nigeria are underdogs to win at (3.90) according to Nairabet. South Africa's chances of victory are rated (2.05) and a draw is deemed more likely than that at (3.00).
After losing 2-0 in the opening game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Nigeria have regrouped strongly to stay as Group E leaders.
The qualification has been so kind to them, winning their last three games and scoring ten goals in the process – leaving South Africa and Libya to play catch up.
They know that if they win against Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, they will be propelled into the Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Ahead of the match in Johannesburg, Gernot Rohr’s men have been hampered by and a crippling injury list with the absence of Francis Uzoho, Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidid, but they have a bullish mindset.
For Stuart Baxter’s men, their task is tougher as they must beat Nigeria at home before aiming at getting a result in Libya to guarantee qualification.
They will be counting on home support and massive home support to clip the wings of the Super Eagles like they did in the first leg in Uyo.