Preview:Nigeria Vs South Africa By Emmanuel Damilare

In what may look like a ‘a mere formalty’ game for the South Africa team,reverse is the case for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they know
a victory qualifies them as second in the group behind the South Africans irrespective of result from the Sudan/Congo game and anything
less than the maximum three point could spell doom for them should Congo get all three point against Sudan. Going into day five of the qualification series,the Super Eagles needed a victory of two goals margin over the Congolese in Point Noire in order to equal the Congolese on the same number of point as well as stand a big chance of qualifying ahead of them should they remain on the same number of point at the end of the qualification series which they got in a vintage perfomance in the second half of the game and was unarguably there best perfomance thus far in the Afcon 2015 qualification series having gotten just one point from the available nine point in the first three games of the qualification series.The South Africans on the other side,going into the home game against Sudan needed to win for there dead Captain and goalkeeper,Senzo Meyiwa who was killed few weeks ago ,as well to win and score a goal at home for the first time in the Afcon 2015 qualification series as there two games played at home against Nigeria and Congo has ended in a goalless draw AND most importantly ascertain there qualification for the tournament and futhermore stay on top of the group which they did by marginally defeating the Sudanese two goals to one to qualify for the tourney. The Wednesday game at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium(Nest of Champions) in Uyo will see a rejuvenated Nigeria team that has won there last two games in the qualification series and seems to be high on confidence will be playing to get that needed victory that will qualify them for the tourney in Equitorial Guinea come 2015 irrespective of what might happen between Sudan and Congo and will see it as a ‘disaster of some sort’ if they fail to make it to the Africa Football showpiece to defend the title they won at the last edition in South Africa in 2013 BUT the Ephraim’Shakes’ Mashaba’s TUtored Bayana Bayana who are through to the tourney will be looking to complete the qualification series undefeated;Continue to get the victory in honour of there ‘fallen hero’ Senzo Meyiwa and as well prove that they can beat the Super Eagles knowing that the last and only victory they have gotten against Nigeria was a two goals to one victory in a friendly match in 2004 and will give everything in there Arsenal’ to get a good result in Uyo on Wednesday. Furthermore,since Mashaba became the Coach of the Bafana Bafana,he has built a compact team,strong defence set up(They have conceded just once in the qualifiers) and the cohesion in the team as a whole which has seen them win games in relatively easier manner and have scored seven goals and conceded just once BUT the Stephen Keshi tutored Super Eagles having started the qualifiers in a bad form are on a resurgence with six poing from six available in the last two games.There greatest undoing most time tend s to be ‘switching off’ anytime they are in the lead majorly with reference to the home game in Calabar,they seems not to be too strong at the back but has improved in the last two games and there seems to be a good understanding in the Midfield between Onazi,Mikel and Akpan(out of the game against South Africa) and as well seems to be making good use of wing play most especially with Ahmed Musa’s wing. The game promises to be a keenly contested one where both teams will give an end to end perfomance and it is looking like a game where the winner will win marginally and one factor that could totally swing the game the Super Eagles way has to be the teeming support they will be getting from the Uyo fans who will be super excited to watch the Super Eagles in Uyo.

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