By James Agberebi:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Ex-Nigeria midfield star Etim Esin believes Bafana Bafana of South Africa were deserved winners against the Super Eagles in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
South Africa won their first competitive game against the Super Eagles after 10 games following a 2-0 victory at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday against a lacklustre Nigeria side.
Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau, who came on in the second half, were the scorers for South Africa.
"For me South Africa were the bettter team and deserved to win. They played better, were organised," Esin, who represented Nigeria at the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile and later played for the Super Eagles, told Completesportsnigeria. com.
Esin however admitted that the result came as a surprise to him.
"I never expected that the Eagles would lose the game," Esin lamented.
"South Africa had never beaten Nigeria before and what made this defeat worse was that it was right here on our ground."