Eagles begin training, committed to victory over Bafana

Khune expects a totally different ball game when Bafana Bafana face Nigeria

Khune expects a totally different ball game when Bafana Bafana face Nigeria

Bafana Bafana are set to face the Super Eagles on Saturday, June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has been forced to withdraw from Stuart Baxter's Bafana Bafana squad to take on Nigeria in a crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after failing to recover from injury.

South Africa's biggest victories in Nations Cup qualifiers were both 4-0 scorelines over Chad (home‚ 2007) and Gambia (away‚ 2016)‚ while their biggest defeat was in their very first game‚ that 4-1 loss in Zimbabwe. The other one is doing well but we could not work together since we started training two weeks ago especially with the younger players. It is still in our hearts, we have not forgotten it.

The franco-German gaffer who restated that South Africa is his strongest opponent however observed that the professionalism in the current crop of Super Eagles would see Nigeria overpower South Africa this weekend.

Echiejile who wedded his lovely wife Vvemo last Saturday in Paris, France also praised Gernot Rohr for his methods with the Super Eagles. "This match is very important to Nigeria and so need to win it for our fans", he promised ahead of the clash in Uyo.

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On Monday, 21 of the 24 invited players, alongside technical crew and backroom staff, arrived at their familiar Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo ambience, and training sessions began in earnest on Tuesday ahead of the big encounter.

There are also this season's top scorer in the Austrian Bundesliga, Olanrewaju Kayode, the pacy Moses Simon and the nimble-footed Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.

The new South African national team mentor could not have asked for a more challenging first assignment as Bafana have never beaten their old foes in an official match after years of trying. "Starting well on Saturday will be key to our aspiration".

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