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Bafana Midfielder, Maboe: We Won’t Sit Back Against Super Eagles

Bafana Midfielder,  Maboe: We Won’t Sit Back Against Super Eagles

Bafana Bafana of South Africa midfielder, Lebohang Maboe says Bafana Bafana are not likely to sit back when they host Group E leaders Nigeria in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Bafana go into the game knowing they cannot afford to lose against the well motivated and resurgent Super Eagles
who have collected nine points in their last three matches since that defeat to South Africa at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo last year.

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Maboe, 24, who had a fantastic outing in the 6-0 victory over Seychelles in the last international break, is likely to start ahead of Thulani Serero in the number 10 role against the Super Eagles.

“It’s obviously going to be a big game, knowing that we need a point, I think, to qualify. Knowing that they are coming here, I don’t think the coach will want us to sit back and defend,” Maboe told kickoff.com.

“We are playing at home, so we have to use the home advantage and hopefully win the game.”

Maboe was not part of the squad when Bafana beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in the opening group match in Uyo, but now has an opportunity to show the West Africans what he is made of.

A match like this one will also prepare him for Sundowns’ upcoming campaign in the CAF Champions League.

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  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    The South Africans may be a tough nut to crack. These are the odds in their favour:
    1. They are playing at home.

    Of course, an away win is possible, but the home advantage cannot be overlooked. If Seychelles, the weakest team in the group, could exploit the home advantage to their favour, South Africa can do the same (remember Seychelles lost 6:0 away to SA but managed to get a draw at home a few days later) .
    2. They need the win more than we do

    If we lose, we still have a game with Seychelles, the weakest team, at home. This knowledge may affect the drive and desire of our players.
    The team that wants it more stands a better chance.
    3. They are the under dogs

    And every under dog wants to be the top dog. They will be out to prove that the 2:0 victory they had against us in the last game was not a fluke.
    4. Their coach has been ‘lucky’ twice

    I heard he was the one in charge when they beat us in a friendly some years ago, and he was in charge again last year.
    He is the only South African coach to have beaten Nigeria, and Rohr is the only Nigerian coach to have lost against them.
    The South Africans couldn’t have asked for a better scenario.
    My verdict:
    ●If we do not play with passion, determination and desire, we could lose the game.
    ●Our players are more experienced and skilful, but it will be a great mistake to take our opponents for granted. And I am afraid They may already be taking them for granted. This is a statement I copied from a South African website (kickoff.com): “Iwobi told Ozil “I’m going for a training match on Saturday mate”…The Guardian UK.
    If it is true that he said that, it is proof that we are approaching the game with the wrong mindset.
    ●They won before, they can win again.
    ●I pray fervently that we will not only win, but WIN BIG. 4:0 in favour of Nigeria will not be asking too much. GO SUPER EAGLES!

    • Hi Bomboy,

      Thanks for your contribution above.

      As you may be aware, my official position on this match is that: ‘It is going to be an enthralling encounter which could go either way”.

      If all goes well, I expect an encounter similar to Ali vs Fraiser’s Thriller in Manila (for those who follow boxing of the 70s). I expected both teams to go at each other, having said that, one can’t help but habour the fear of a Super Eagles defeat if we fail to get the ‘rub of the green’ on the day.

      You see, when it comes to African opponents, I am confident about Rohr’s Eagles any day all day. But, to pull off a victory against Baxter’s South Africa in their own backyard will take my faith in Rohr’s ability against African opponents to a whole new level completely.

      I am eagerly awaiting Rohr’s approach, tactics, strategy and overall handling of this match that means more to fans of both side beyond Afcon qualification.

      The South African’s were not happy that Abacha pulled us out of 1996 Afcon. For them, our absence meant their victory in the tournament was somewhat incomplete. They sought to right that wrong in Afcon 2000 semi-finals against us but Babangida was quick, perhaps too quick, to show them that we are not in the same level!

      Time after time, we met them but always put them in their place. Then Baxter came along to prove to the South Africans that if they believe, they can overcome the star-studded, illustrious, record setting Super Eagles of Nigeria, not just in South Africa, but in Nigeria, not just in friendlies but in a competitive fixture.

      Baxter must be stopped! We need a Babangida on Saturday to put him and his boys in their place!

      Like I said, I expect a fascinating encounter that is more of mind games as it is the actual game of football. I will not be happy if Baxter has his hat-trick over us but that will not be enough for me to ask for Rohr’s sacking.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Nice one @ sir bomboy.
      But as much as we need to be cautious going to Johannesburg this weekend…I wouldn’t want us to also hurt our psyche that much going into the match. Of course we have never had it easy with SA, it has always been a tough match…much as we have always managed to handle them…except for the slip up last year. Even our home-based SE under late keshi humbled them at home in the 2014 CHAN.
      We seem to be rating them higher than even their fans are. Can you believe as at Thursday morning, only 10000 out of 94000 tickets have been sold…..as compared to the Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer chiefs match played just 2 weeks ago at the same venue for which all 94000 tickets were sold out 2 weeks before the match. Their home match against Libya played at Durban was watched by less than 5000 fans, the one against Seychelles played at Johannesburg was watched by even lesser number. If their own fans aint rating them so highly, then we shouldnt loose to much sleep.
      We just need to prepare for the match as we will prepare for any serious competitive qualifier, no arrogance, respect the opponent, go out there and give 100%. We only need a draw in this match…this same SE that secured away draws in Cameroon & in Algeria and away wins against Libya and Seychelles wouldn’t lose on Saturday.
      For me….qualification for AFCON is ultimate..i dont care who we win or lose to. The last edition wen we didnt loose to SA, we failed to qualify…so if we have to lose to them….even twice…to qualify this time around, I will gladly accept it. But this SE doesn’t seem to be in the mood to lose at the moment

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Even Dan Amokachi (of all people) took an under strength team (including one oyinbo boy that was playing in swiss 2nd division back then) to SA to play a friendly in 2016 or so, and it took a dying minute equalizer from Bongani zungu to end the macth in a draw after Ahmed Musa had given us the lead earlier in the 2nd half.

        • Bomboy 2 years ago

          Dr. Drey, thanks so much for your contagious optimism. I am looking forward to the game with greater hope.

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    Oga deo, thanks so much! I do hope it all goes in our favour on Sat. What a cracker it will be. Cheers my brother.

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    Dr. Drey, thanks so much for your contagious optimism. I am looking forward to the game with greater hope.