Keshi must brace up for war – Bafana coach
Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’
Mashaba has warned Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi
that he must ‘brace himself for war’ ahead of
their clash in Cape Town on Wednesday.
South Africa welcome the Super Eagles to the
Cape Town Stadium in the second round of 2015
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in midweek.
The Group A clash will see a confident Bafana take
on nemesis Nigeria, who are wounded by their
3-2 opening weekend defeat to Congo-Brazzaville
South Africa, mean while, are brimming with
confidence following their 3-0 win in Khartoum
on Friday, but will face a different challenge all
together when the Eagles land on South African
Keshi’s men famously won the 2013 African Cup
of Nations in South Africa while the West Africans
trounced Bafana 3-1 in the 2014 CHAN
tournament at the very stadium where the two
rivals will meet on Wednesday.
“This Nigeria team has been giving us nightmares,
but we will fight in every game,” said Mashaba.
“When two Elephants meet, it is grass that suffers.
Watch out, brace yourself for war that day [when
Mashaba meets Keshi], because, like I have
indicated earlier on, they [Nigeria], have given us
Mashaba, who took over from Gordon Igesund in
July, feels a win on Wednesday would change a
lot of things football in South Africa for the better.
“This is one time they must brace themselves for
war up to the fullest, it won’t be an easy walk in
the park for both teams, but what we are looking
for is to come out victorious and that win will
change a lot of things in our football, both in
administration, media wise, any structure that
you talk about,” Mashaba added.
“We win that game [and] things will change for the
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