Newly appointed captain of the senior national team of South Africa Thulani Hlatshwayo says they have trained on exploiting the lack of pace in the defence of Nigeria when both teams clash in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers.
Nigeria will host South Africa in Uyo on Saturday, and despite admitting that the Super Eagles are favourite to win the game, Tyson as Hlatshwayo is popularly called believe they can get a result against the Super Eagles.
He said they won’t be intimidated by the star names in the squad of the Nigeria team, and the record of never having won against Nigeria won’t play on their minds when both teams clash at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
“We will not. We played Nigeria in Nigeria. We did well. We know we are smaller than them as players‚ so we don’t want to play the long ball but catch them on the counter. They are big‚ but a bit slow.
“It is a going to be a grudge game for them. Knowing Nigerians‚ that’s how they are. They do have that arrogance they carry around. We have to be humble and make sure we don’t give Nigeria too much respect‚ and not be scared of them.”