Bafana Bafana team manager Barney Kujane has revealed that the team must begin their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 10.

Nigeria’s midfielder John Mikel Obi (C) falls next to South Africa’s defender Thabo Matlaba (L) and midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between South Africa and Nigeria on September 10, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO

The team is yet to claim a victory against Nigeria in a competitive game but denied the three-time African champions the chance to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.

However, Kujane who came to Uyo to inspect the Godswill Akpabio stadium facilities ahead of the encounter on June 10, revealed that they hope to win their opening qualifying match against Nigeria.

“If you leave South Africa and you have not done your homework‚ a surprise in Nigeria can cause complete disarray to the coach’s plans and to the players‚” Kujane said.

“When you are the national team manager‚ you have got to make sure that there are no surprises for the coach. I do not like surprises. This is the first game for the coach and our first game in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. So we cannot afford to start the qualifiers on the back foot.”


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