Nigeria’s quest to defend their Afcon title could possibly be over by Wednesday night when the Super Eagles face the Bafana Bafana in Cape Town. If the Super Eagles want to defend their title, there will have to be a remarkable improvement in the team’s play from the showing they put out over the weekend in Calabar.
Sitting pretty on top of the table, South Africa will look to gain one over Nigeria for only their second win ever against Nigeria, which has consistently proved to be a bogey team of sorts for the Bafana Bafana.
Nigeria, however, will look to bounce back from the opening match day defeat and continue their domination over South Africa and get back on track towards qualifying for Morocco 2015.
Match day two promises to be much more interesting. Nigeria know a point in South Africa is the only way to keep hopes alive while South Africa will look to consolidate on their near perfect performance at the El Merriekh Stadium.
Stand-in goalkeeper Austin Ejide will keep his place in goal while Emmanuel Emenike might get a look in from the start after his impressive display coming off the bench against Congo in Calabar.
South Africa coach Mashaba might start with two-goal hero Sibusiso Vilakazi who came off the bench in that 3-0 rout of Sudan at the weekend. Senzo Meyiwa continues in goal in place of the injured Itumeleng Khune.