Nigeria’s international friendly against South Africa will now kickoff by 3:30 pm local time (2:30pm Nigerian time) today (Sunday), reports Supersport.com.
The game which will take place at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit was originally fixed for 4pm local time (3pm Nigerian time).
Organizers have also confirmed that the curtain raiser between the U-17 National Teams of South Africa and Mali at the same venue will kick off an 90 minutes earlier.
Nigeria played their first two matches of a triumphant campaign in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at Mbombela – 1-1 draws with Burkina Faso and Zambia.
Only five members of that squad are in the present contingent that flew into Nelspruit on Saturday morning.
Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Godfrey Oboabona are the players.
Meanwhile, executive committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said the Super Eagles will be gunning for a win over Bafana Bafana on Sunday.
“We are here (Nelspruit) for serious business. No match between Nigeria and South Africa is a friendly. They always put all their effort into it and that is why we also have to do the same.
“The defeat to Uganda in Uyo was quite painful, and the players know the only way Nigerians can forgive them for that mishap is to defeat the Bafana Bafana,” he said.
South Africa has never defated Nigeria in a competitive game at senior level.
Head – To – Head
10/10/1992 – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Lagos – Nigeria 4 South Africa 0
16/01/1993 – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Jo’Burg -South Africa 0 Nigeria 0
10/02/2000 – Africa Cup of Nations, Lagos -Nigeria 2 South Africa 0
31/01/2004 – Africa Cup of Nations, Monastir -Nigeria 4 South Africa 0
17/11/2004 – Nelson Mandela Challenge, Jo’Burg –South Africa 2 Nigeria 1
01/06/2008 – World Cup/Afcon Qualifier, Abuja -Nigeria 2 South Africa 0
06/09/2008 – World Cup/Afcon Qualifier, Port Elizabeth –South Africa 0 Nigeria 1
14/08/2013 – Nelson Mandela Challenge, Durban –South Africa 0 Nigeria 2
19/01/2014 – Africa Nations Championship, Cape Town –South Africa 1 Nigeria 3
10/09/2014 – Africa Cup of Nations Q, Cape Town –South Africa 0 Nigeria 0
19/11/2014 – Africa Cup of Nations Q, Uyo –Nigeria 2 South Africa 2