Mohammed Abduslsallam of Libya against Ola Aina of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier football match between Nigeria and Libya at Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria on 13 October 2018 @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix
Monday Oct 29, 2018. 10:00
Nigerian defender Ola Aina says he is looking forward to facing South Africa in next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Johannesburg.
The teams will meet in a Group E clash at the FNB Stadium on November 17, with the Super Eagles looking to avenge their surprise 2-0 loss at home to Bafana Bafana in Uyo in June 2017.
Aina, who is on loan at Italian Serie A side Torino from Chelsea, is excited by the prospect of playing at ‘Soccer City’, which was the major venue for the 2010 World Cup.
“That’s another one I am looking forward to and can tick off my bucket list. It’s a great stadium as we saw in the World Cup in 2010. South Africa have got a fantastic team, they’re also very attacking, so it should be a good test. I’m really looking forward to it if I get picked,” Aina told Chelsea’s official website.
Aina didn’t make the grade for Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup squad, but did feature in the group which secured back-to-back wins over Libya last month.
“I started on the bench for the first game, but had to come on early because of injury. I felt like I put in a decent performance. It’s never easy coming on from the bench like that, but I thought I did okay. Libya were a good side, but on the day we were just that bit better than them which showed in the 4-0 scoreline,” he added.
“The second game was a lot harder, we won 3-2. They fought really well but we managed to see it through and add more points to our total in the group.”