JOHANNESBURG – Ordinarily, a clash with Nigeria’s Super Eagles would have South Africa’s Bafana Bafana quaking in their boots. After all, the West Africans have generally got the better of their counterparts from the southernmost part of the continent.
And so it has been that a clash between the two was viewed as a foregone conclusion - success for Nigeria or at worst a share of the spoils.
All that changed when Stuart Baxter took over for a second chance in charge of Bafana Bafana, the Scottish coach marking his return to the helm of the country’s senior national team with a 2-0 victory in Uyo.
It was Bafana’s first-ever win over the Super Eagles in a competitive match and it set the ball rolling towards qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals now under way in Egypt.
Tomorrow night at the Cairo International Stadium, the two rivals clash for the third time at the biennial continental showpiece in a quarter-final contest that is too close to call.