Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa has been quoted saying, hosts, Bafana Bafana of South Africa hold no fear for his Nigerian side ahead of weekend’s clash at the Soccer City.
The team will leave for the airport in Benin City from their training base at Asaba on Thursday in high spirits according to the Al Nassr forward Musa.
“I can tell you that we are well-prepared.
“It is not going to be a different game.
“We are taking it like every other game that we have played‚” Musa told reporters.
He adds the players are relaxed as‚ needing only a point from their final two qualifiers to secure a berth in the finals in Cameroon next year‚ even a defeat to Bafana would leave them with a home match against Seychelles in which to book their passage.
“We are not under any pressure‚ because we are confident of securing qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“As a team‚ we are united and play for each other. That is the most important thing in football. We know them very well‚ just as they know us too.”
Nigeria are now at full strength after the late arrival of France-based midfielder Samuel Kalu‚ reportedly because of problems securing a visa for SA.
Coach Gernot Rohr says his side will go out to secure Afcon qualification‚ which does not necessarily mean they will push hard for a win‚ with just a point needed to secure their place in Cameroon.
“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else.
“We want the ticket in our pocket before the final match day‚” he told his association’s website.
The fixture this weekend is part of an intriguing double-header between the two nations‚ for who there is no love lost on the football pitch.