Ahead of their must-win clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Stuart Baxter has said his lads will be ready for Nigeria because they will come all out for revenge, AOIFootball.com reports.
Baxter, who announced a squad of 23 for the clash against Nigeria, further revealed difficulties in naming his squad because of injuries to some of his key players in the national team.
“I must admit this makes the upcoming clash all the more interesting. Remember we beat them 2-0 in the first leg in their backyard, so they will come here trying to avenge that.
“On the other hand, we want to regain the top spot which we relinquished with the draw away to Seychelles. The good thing is that qualification is still in our hands.
“It has really been a tough task to select the team to face Nigeria without some of our regular players, but we have to soldier on. These injuries could not have come at the worst of times when we really need to collect all three points because we are well aware of the importance of doing this.
“The positive side, however, is that this gives us a chance to introduce other players into the squad, and these are players we have been monitoring, so it not like a knee-jerk reaction. This helps us to ensure that when we qualify for the tournament, we have an even bigger pool of players to choose from. I am also confident that the players brought in will do a good job,” Baxter concluded.
Baxter has had to re-arrange his squad due to injuries to several of his key players – the latest being England-based Kamohelo Mokotjo. Other key players set to miss this fixture are Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Bradley Grobler.
Nigeria lead Group E with nine points, just one ahead of South Africa – who are yet to concede or lose a match in the qualifiers.