Uzoho South Africa Won’t Be Easy, We’ll Handle Them Seriously

Uzoho South Africa Won’t Be Easy, We’ll Handle Them Seriously

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has admitted that next month’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg will not be an easy game, but assures that he and teammates will play the crucial match with the seriousness it deserves, reports

Nigeria face South Africa on November 17 in a matchday-5 clash in Johannesburg in continuation of the Group E hostilities.

Uzoho who has made just one appearance for his Spanish second division side, Elche since he joined the club this summer, assures that the three time African champions won’t underrate the Stuart Baxter’s side despite moving top of group E following their back to back victories over Libya.

“Personally, the match in Tunisia was more difficult than the one in Uyo,” said Uzoho during an interview with the media after the game.

“The weather was different and it was a much smaller pitch than what we have in Uyo. And so we did not have enough space to run at the Libyan defence in Tunisia, and they were able to somehow contain us.

“The Eagles will take the game against South Africa very seriously because we have never underrated any team we have come up against,” Uzoho assured.

“We know it won’t be an easy game.”

Nigeria top the Group E with nine points from four games. They are one point ahead of South Africa into the much-anticipated clash. Libya are third with four points from four games while Seychelles are bottom with one point.

A draw against South Africa will see Nigeria qualify for the 2019 AFCON after missing the previous two editions.


  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    Well said Uzoho. Indeed it won’t be an easy match. South Africans knew our weaknesses and they said they will use it again us.

    South Africans have analyzed everything about our team. They even said our defense is slow and they will use speed to punished our defense.

    Based on Eagles performances in the last two matches they have played, I’m seeing improvement but I’m not 100% satisfied.

    The coach still have a lot to improve on. We need competitions in the team.

    Late substitutions, I have been saying this a while ago, the coach doesn’t have to be waited until the last minutes of the match before he makes substitutions.

    We have players who can competes with the current players we have in the squad. The coach should leave the door open for other players.

    The strength of the South African team is based on their speed. If Eagles can stop them from running around the pitch with the right tactics, we should be able to win them at their own backyard. We need to win that match, not a draw.

    However, Ighalo did well in the last two matches. Oga Rohr should have many options in the front to choose from.

    1994 to 2000, Nigeria had options in the front that they can choosed from and in every position in the team as well.

    Now, Ndidi is out and the coach said it confidently that he has replacement for him, that is how its should be.

    With what I have seen so far about coach Rohr since he has started coaching Super Eagles of Nigeria, I scored him 60 to 70%. Kudos sir.

    However, In Africa, we have so many top teams that the coach haven’t played against which he would playing against them in Afcon 2019 by God’s grace.

    That is where I’m having concerns. How far can we go and can we have a balance in our team before the tournament? Do we have a team that can rules in Africa again? Those are the areas i am expecting coach Rohr to pay much attention to.

    We shouldn’t be carried away for those last two matches we just played instead, we should look beyond those two matches because we still have unfinished tasks ahead of us. We are Nigerians, not Libyans or South Africans. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Nigeria must do everything possible to win the match. We must redeem our image.

  • Ogugua 8 months ago

    Let’s be honest. The Super Eagles as presently constituted will struggle when they face SA. It’s a team that is not mobile. The SA are. They’re contact, makes use of spaces unlike our team that is most times lethargic and immobile. We can’t hold balls a complete minute, can’t pass well, we depend on individual brilliance to win games. That will not happen when we face a compact team like SA. We have work to do or we will loose that match. Now that Ndidi is not playing, Mikel Obi shld be called in for this particular match. His presence will stabilise things.

    • Nkemjikapj 8 months ago

      Lol..laughable ogugua..southafrica that drew against Libya and miserly Seychelles.. Don’t change ur mouth that day o

  • ok i have seen another information again. so S A said our defence is slow, and its true. and further said dey wil use speed to destroy it. i said it our defence is de big problem. bcuz i dont even know de different between defenders and strikers again. can someone tel me our defenders? NOTE, speed forwards makes defenders to get tired early. but our mumu defender wil not show sign of tiredness and start to kill de game, even though rohr wil not change anyone till de last 10 minutes bfore he can manage to change only one defender. rohr is not a complete coach, i must say it, if people like they should take me to court. it better we play short one than using kalu. where is simon moses? let kalu be on de bench and learn super eagle game. but qenot rohr wil not. i dont even know wat ezenwa did wrong why he cant start ahead of uzoho.