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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

in Calabar.

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

sleepless nights.”

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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