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All eyes will be on South Africa as they take on Nigeria on Wednesday night at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban kickoff @ 8pm CAT.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts entertain high flying Nigeria in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in a match that will honour the former political fighter and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
Bafana Bafana Captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says this year they will have to win the cup for Nelson Mandela after they were beaten in the last edition by Zambia at the FNB stadium late last year.
“Nigeria is a tough side but I believe we have what it takes to win on the night. We don’t want to repeat the same mistake we did last year, this year we want this cup to remain here at home.” He said
South Africa have another tough encounter after they battle Nigeria as they will fly to Johannesburg and square up in a friendly match against 2013 Africa Cup of Nations runner-ups Burkina Faso on Saturday afternoon at FNB Stadium
“It will be unnecessary for us to think about Burkina Faso match so early, we take each game as it comes and for now we are preparing for Nigeria match.
The 26-year old goalkeeper added that if South Africa wins on the night, they will send a big massage to the world as they haven’t beaten The Super Eagle in history.
“It disappointing that we have not being able to get win against Nigeria in all this years we played them, but this time around we are geared up to break that record and I am sure that will show people what we are capable of,” added the Kaizer Chiefs man.
South Africa will be without the services of Belgian based defender Anele Ngconca while Nigeria have excluded two crucial players in John Obi Mikel and striker Emanuel Emenike who is still settling in his new club Fenebache.
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