Nigeria look to continue dominance over SA in Uyo

Nigeria look to continue dominance over SA in Uyo
Linda Motlhalo of South Africa challenged by Jennifer Onyinyechi of Nigeria during the 2024 Olympics Qualifiers match between South Africa and Nigeria at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 09 April 2024 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Apr 13, 2024. 13:08

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has backed the Super Eagles to continue the West African country’s dominance over South Africa.

This comes after the Super Falcons of Nigeria qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after defeating South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 1-0 on aggregate this week.

The NFF has now revealed that the Super Eagles will host Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 7th June in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

“Exactly four months after they were bumped and relegated to the third-place match of the Africa Cup of Nations by the Super Eagles, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana are in jitters as they will come up against the three-time African champions again, in a crucial 2026 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo,” an NFF statement read.

“Only three days ago, the Super Falcons pushed the Banyana Banyana, reigning African champions, off the bus to this year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, instead grabbing the ticket to make sure of a first appearance at the glamour tournament for the first time in 16 years.

“The assured manner of Nigeria’s victories in the two fixtures have left the hierarchy of South African football flummoxed, and there is no adequate time to recover or rejig strategies before the Bafana Bafana come up against the Super Eagles in a Day 3 encounter of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 7th June.

“With two points from their previous two matches, but aware of the hold they have over the Bafana Bafana, the African vice-champions are confident of the three points on the day, which could see them fly to the top of the pool.”

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