By James Agberebi:
South Africa midfielder Dean Furman has stated that beating the Super Eagles for the first time would be a massive achievement for them, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
Speaking with SAFA.net after the South Africans arrived Uyo on Monday, Furman said their mission was to set a new record for South African football.
“It would be massive to beat Nigeria in Nigeria. People keep mentioning that we haven’t defeated them in so long, but records are there to be broken. We would also like to thank the nation(South Africans) for their support, they have been the driving force and we can repay them by beating Nigeria tomorrow night.”
Furman stated further that though it’s going to be a tough game, beating the Eagles will make other teams take them serious ahead of the Cup of Nations.
“It’s a huge game, having qualified doesn’t change anything for us, it has major significance every time we go play Nigeria. It’s going to be a tough game, they will fight for their lives in an effort to qualify. But we want to fight for our nation, for fans, and for ourselves, beyond that we want to maintain our unbeaten record in this group and it’s important that we finish in a positive way.
“No one needs any motivation for this match. We know we are playing African champions, so what more motivation does one need than to defeat the champs and that’s what we will keep in our heads. We want to send a good and strong message to the rest of the continent that we are a strong side going into the tournament and there is no better way than to do it against Nigeria.”