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Ahead of 2019 AFCON Qualifiers Eagles can’t stop Bafana Bafana, Jordaan boasts

Aware of the present quality of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, President of South African Football Association (SAFA), Danny Jordaan believes Bafana Bafana can match the Eagles when both sides clash in the opening group match of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in June.

Jordaan told a Soweto-based newspaper, Sowetan that with the quality “displayed by the South African side in recent times, Eagles won’t run over his lads.

Jordaan is confident that Bafana Bafana can topple the group to win the sole automatic ticket from the group to the 2019 finals in Cameroon.

“It’s a reality of sport that you can get a tough draw‚ but I think we have shown over the last few matches that we are equal to Nigeria and that we have a good chance.”

The South African side will tackle Nigeria in June‚ two months to the resumption of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers. “It’s going to be tough to juggle the two competitions at the same time but I think‚ strangely‚ the teams playing in this Nations Cup in Gabon will have an additional burden with a hectic programme for the year‚” Jordaan said.

He added: “They have a much stronger possibility for injury and burnout. It’s going to be a huge challenge to play in two qualification tournaments in one year and‚ in addition to that you have the Nations Cup finals now and then there are also club commitments. So for many teams it is a huge task. It will require careful management by the technical teams of all of the countries.”

Nigeria and South Africa are conspicuously missing from the 2017 AFCON which begins today (Saturday) in Gabon.

South Africa’s other two group opponents are Libya and the Seychelles. War-torn Libya are still prohibited from playing at home because of the civil strife in the country and usually either host their games in neighbouring Egypt or Tunisia.

Bafana’s opening game at Nigeria in June is followed by five matches in 2018‚ first home to Libya (March)‚ the home and away to the Seychelles (both September)‚ home to Nigeria (October) and finally Libya away.

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