Bafana playing Zambia in friendly after AFCON qualifier with Nigeria


Newly named Bafana Captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo, has declared that the players are ready to shock the Super Eagles in the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier game on Saturday in Uyo.

Fc Twente's Kamohelo Mokotjo has also been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana after sustaining an injury and has been replaced by Lebogang Phiri who recently signed for French Ligue 1 club Guingamp.

South Africa only defeated the Eagles 2-1 in a friendly affair in Johannesburg on November 17, 2004, with Baxter, who was their coach, dishing out instructions from the dugout.

The South Africans have not tasted defeat since a third-string selection lost 2-0 at home to Angola in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in October 2015.

Their head coach, Baxter, told the South African press that they could win the game if the Bafana Bafana managed to shut up the Uyo crowd in the first 20 minutes.

"I would have preferred it be before the Nigeria game. but that is not possible, so I am not going to cry about that".

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He, however, said that he was expecting four more players to report to camp Tuesday afternoon.

He added that the team had a big motivation and that the players were doing well in their training.

Although the Eagles are highly favoured to come out victorious, the former Roda JC of Holland star said they must not take anything for granted. "But Nigeria is a strong side, we need to respect them and show real character", he added. It will be hard with the young players that we have.

"I think that's important".

Baxter said it was imperative for all stakeholders to be on the same page when it comes to national team.

Yesterday morning, all the players invited to camp with the exception of Elderson Echiejile and Ahmed Musa, trained at the training pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium under the guidance of Rohr and his assistants.