Eagles must be at their best against Bafana Bafana – Etafia

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South Africa based Nigerian former international, Greg Etafia who plies his trade for the Moroka Swallows has warned the Super Eagles to be at their very best if they hope to past the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their final group game and move into the knockout stage of the competition.

Etafia, who recently renewed his contract with his South Africa club side said that is the only way that the Nigerian side can fly past their opponent who are host of the championship and have an axe to grind with the AFCON champions.

The hosts team are one of the favourites to win this tournament reserved for players based in their domestic leagues, but they have struggled on the pitch even though Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has maintained they are a more settled and experienced side than his bunch of youngsters.

Greg Etafia, however says he expects Bafana Bafana to play a waiting game, sit back in the defence, frustrate the Eagles and where possible catch their opponents on the break.

“Gordon (Igesund) is good at playing that kind of game and I know because I played for him at Moroka Swallows. He has perfected this system and so Nigeria must have to be at their very best on Sunday,” he warned.

Nigeria currently third on the table with three points behind South Africa and Mali, both on four points, and therefore need an outright victory to advance to the next stage of the competition.

South Africa have defeated Nigeria only once in previous meetings, which was in a friendly in November 2014.

Meanwhile Enyimba youngster Bright Esieme who is at the right  back position following injury to Benjamin Francis says despite the opposition, Nigeria is gunning for an out right victory.

He had told MTNFootball.com they will be gunning for victory against Bafana.

“It is not going to be an easy game, they play good and they are the hosts, but we are ready to face them. We know we need outright victory in the game and that will be our approach,” Esieme said.

Injured Francis could return at least to the bench on Sunday, while Rangers defensive midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu should be fit in time for the big game after he injured his right ankle against Mozambique.

However, Sunshine Stars midfielder Ikenna Paul has been ruled out of the rest of the competition after he tore his hamstring and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The Eagles will also have to deal with the goalkeeping problems they have experienced in their last two games, but Keshi has continued to stand by under-fire sipper Chigozie Agbim.

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