Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria match Preview, team news, kick off time

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria match Preview, team news, and kick off time

A lot is at stake for South Africa as well as Nigeria as both nations tackle each other in an AFCON 2019 qualifier at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Nigeria top the standings in Group E, followed by the Bafanan Bafana who are just a point behind in second place.

A win for either side will guarantee a spot in Cameroon next year – shutting out third-placed Libya.

However, for South Africa, a defeat will leave them with no choice but to claim all three points in their final game of the qualifiers away to the Mediterranean Lions in March 2019.

For the Eagles, it will be a case of revenge against the hosts, who shocked them in Uyo last year, winning 2-0 in the opening round of the qualifiers.

Nigeria does, however, come up against a side yet to concede a goal in the qualifiers, as Stuart Baxter’s men have managed clean sheets in all four matches played so far.

Bafana Bafana have had a mixed bag of results though and could rue missed opportunities should things not go their way on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria Squads:

South Africa

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Darren Keet (Wits)

Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Chiefs), Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Maritzburg United), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Thulani Hlatshwayo, S’Fiso Hlanti, Buhle Mkhwanazi (all Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch (all Pirates), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg), Lebohang Maboe, Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda (all Sundowns), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport), Thulani Serero (Vitesse, Holland)

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Racing Strasbourg, France), Percy Tau (Royal Union, Belgium), Dino Ndlovu (Zhejiang), Themba Zwane (Sundowns)


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United‚ South Africa)‚ Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba)‚ Francis Uzoho (Elche‚ Spain).

Defenders: Ola Aina (Torino‚ Italy)‚ Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United‚ England)‚ Adeleye Aniyikaye (IfenayiUbah)‚ Leon Balogun (Brighton and Hove Albion‚ England)‚ Jamilu Collins (Paderborn‚ Germany)‚ William Ekong Troost (Udinese‚ Italy)‚ Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow‚ Russia)‚ Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes‚ Spain).

Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal‚ Portugal)‚ Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City‚ England)‚ John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva‚ Israel).

Forwards: Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal‚ Spain)‚ Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City‚ England)‚ Alex Iwobi (Arsenal‚ England)‚ Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux‚ France)‚ Ahmed Musa (Al Nasr‚ Saudi Arabia)‚ Victor Osimhen (Charleroi‚ Belgium)‚ Moses Simon (Levante‚ Spain)‚ Isaac Success (Watford‚ England).

Kick off and where to watch:

Kick off is at 15:00.

TV and live stream will be on Supersport 4.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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