The newly unveiled coach of South Africa Stuart Baxter has warned the Super Eagles of Nigeria to be wary of his side ahead of their AFCON 2019 Qualifiers in Uyo on the 10th of June.
Baxter was unveiled as the new coach of the South Africa senior national team, and during his first press conference, the man who still holds the honour of the only coach in the history of South African football to have gotten a win over the senior team of Nigeria is optimistic they will get a result against Nigeria.
“I hope we will be very competitive with Nigeria. We will give them a game. I’m really looking forward to this latest challenge. If I wasn’t ready, I would not have accepted the challenge,” Baxter said.
He is hoping that his players won’t be intimated by the pedigree of the Nigerian team, and urged them to be at their best for the tie, which will be their first in the qualifying series.
“I’m very optimistic if we can pull together, but don’t be too negative because it will affect everyone. I’m asking for buy-in from every South African.
“I believe the nation has enough players to succeed and I believe in my abilities. We need to be competitive and players will do it the SA way. The play should reflect the play in the country.”
Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent who monitored the manager’s conference reports that he will name his back room staff and players for the crunch tie in Uyo on the 25th of May.