Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha believes the pressure will be more on South Africa when they face Nigeria in a 2019 AFCON qualifier on Saturday, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former Bolton Wanders skipper further posited that the Super Eagles, who have learnt from their first leg loss are not under pressure and have definitely improved from the last time the two sides met in Uyo.
“The previous games have been played but the most important is the next one. Sometimes you might look back to draw motivation going into the next game, which could be key for us,” Okocha told kickoff.com.
“For me, most importantly, is for the players to understand, which I’m sure they do, that it’s a game they can’t afford to lose if they want to qualify for AFCON.
“If we win, that’s our ticket to Cameroon, so the pressure is really more on Bafana Bafana, which makes it also an interesting match to watch,” Okocha added.
South Africa and Nigeria will clash for the 14th time in their history when they take to the FNB Stadium pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The highly anticipated match-up has more than just pride at stake this time, with a guaranteed place at next year’s continental finals up for grabs for whoever comes out victorious.
South Africa will take plenty of courage from their previous meeting with the Super Eagles, which they walked away 2-0 victors from in the reverse Group E fixture in Uyo to end a 13-year winless run against Nigeria.