JOHANNESBURG: SOUTH Africa coach, Ephraim Mashaba, is confident his upbeat side can turn the tables against troubled Nigeria when the sides meet in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The teams play an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on the back of contrasting fortunes but Bafana Bafana have a disappointing record against the Super Eagles 22 years into re-admission to international football for the hosts.
“Of late, Bafana Bafana had become a laughing stock and had lost credit within the football standing and we need to restore that acclaim,” Mashaba said.
He added, “We (Bafana) know our history against Nigeria but we are determined to change all that. History is always there to be rewritten and I am confident that come Wednesday, we will put smiles on most South Africans.”
Bidvest Wits’ captain, Sibusiso “Vila” Vilakazi, the two-goal hero in Sudan is expected to spearhead the Bafana squad while Kaizer Chiefs forward Mandla Masango is expected to unleash the attack against the Super Eagles from the wings.
The Eagles’ preparations have been shambolic, characterised by a 3-2 home loss to Congo and disorder within the football association’s ranks.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY