AFCON Qualifier: We must win S/Africa - Musa

Annette Crawford
November 18, 2018

"As you can see, we have one of the youngest teams in Africa for now - I think 27 is the highest age in the team, and a lot of them are between 19 and 22".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria has not beaten South Africa at senior men team level in the last four encounters between both nations.

The coach of the South Africa national team, Stuart Baxter, has said that he and his players do not need an added financial incentive to beat Nigeria. "We won in Seychelles and against Libya in Tunisia and we are here to win as well", Musa said. I don't think they were expecting a South African team to defend with such discipline at set-pieces. "But we are here for the three points", Musa said.

He was referring to their six-game unbeaten run when Nigeria went all the way to lifting the 2013 AFCON trophy in Johannesburg over five years back, though it is worth noting that they never faced the tournament hosts.

The three-time African champions are top of Group E with nine points from four matches, while South Africa are second on eight points.

The final qualifying round is set to take place in March of 2019.

Defender Shehu Abdulahi, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and striker Odion Ighalo are sidelined by injury, while Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is suspended. Those guys are so big - we can not out-muscle them. We must look at the personnel with us now and see the situation as opportunity for them to step up and prove what they can do.

"The young players groomed by the coach to achieve the qualification have proven the vitality in youths and attested to the technical input impacted in the team by Rohr".

"This will be the most hard match for this young team", Rohr admitted.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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