Bafana Bafana shocked Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their first qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations in Uyo. It was the first time in 23 years that the South Africans would beat the Super Eagles.
The South African team won the encounter 2-0, leaving Nigerian fans shocked.
The goals were scored in the 55th and 82nd minute by RantieTokelo and Percy Tau.
Libya mauled Seychelles 5-1 in the second match of Group E, making the Libyans top of the table, with South Africa second.
South African national team coach, Stuart Baxter revealed the team’s winning strategy: “We opened up the game in the first half but unfortunately we did not score. Beating Nigeria is very interesting.
“Nigeria is a very good side but my boys prevented them from scoring. We are trying to develop our boys and expose them,’’ he said.
The visitors took advantage of their slower opponents in the second half of the match and made crisp passes that sank the Eagles in their backyard.
Moses Simon, Etebo Oghenekaro and Ndidi Wilfred were easily the best Eagles on the pitch on a day the team failed to fly.
Incidentally, Rantie was the player whose goals stopped the Nigeria senior male football team in the 2014 nation’s cup qualifier.
Saturday’s defeat by South Africa was the first loss of Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles Head coach.
Rohr said after the match that his boys played well in the first half but were overpowered by the experience of the South Africans in the second half.
According to him, We had difficulties in finishing the match because we made so many efforts in the first half while some of our players were tired in the second half.
“We tried to open the wings and bring power to the team but unfortunately it did not yield fruits.
“I have trust in these boys because they played well in the first half but they could not score. We win and lose together.
“I think the next game with Cameroon will be very interesting. It will be better, much, much better,” he said.