Afcon 2019: Okocha Says Pressure on South Africa to Beat Eagles

Austin Jay Jay Okocha believes South Africa will be under pressure when they face Nigeria in Saturday’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie at the FNB Stadium.

Bafana Bafana moved top of the table in Group E with a stunning 2-0 victory over the three-time African champions at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in June 2017.

However, they lost their place at the summit of the group to the Super Eagles after they were forced to a 0-0 draw in the return leg of their tie with Seychelles

And the former Nigeria skipper is confident that the three-time African champions have learnt their lesson from the first leg defeat in Uyo while explaining that Stuart Baxter’s men will be more under pressure in the encounter.

“It was a deserved victory for Bafana Bafana then, which I think we took a lesson from,” Okocha told Kick Off.

“If we win, that’s our ticket to Cameroon, so the pressure is really more on Bafana Bafana, which makes it also an interesting match to watch.

“For me, most important is for the players to understand, which I’m sure they do, that it’s a game they can’t afford to lose if they want to qualify for AFCON.”

The Super Eagles, who have missed out of the last two editions of the tournament, need just a point to seal their place in Cameroon next year.

,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *