Rohr: My young Super Eagles face toughest test yet

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2018

Stuart Baxter, Head Coach of the South Africa national football team, the Bafana Bafana, has revealed why his side failed to clinch the maximum three points in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) second leg qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Nigeria, who top Group E standings, need a win to seal qualification, while Bafana Bafana, who are second in Group E, need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

In a video below eNCA's Tim Modise explores whether the team is worthy to rally behind.

"This will be the most hard match for this young team", Rohr admitted.

A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), said the President joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against a very formidable opponent which earned them qualification with the final match against Seychelles a mere formality.

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They booked their place in the continent's biggest football competition after securing a 1-1 draw against South Africa at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. But it was a good result, let's forget now these two goals that were not given.

"I'm disappointed that we weren't braver, we said at halftime we give them problems when we get through and get our movements, we run people away and challenge them one v one".

The Super Eagles since winning the 2013 edition of the AFCON failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions.

Lebogang Mothiba cancelled out Buhle Mkhwanazi's own goal in the first half, but they were unable to complete the comeback and settled for a point. We started to go really long and that's a sign of nerves that we don't want to concede.

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