Stuart Baxter has warned his players of complacency as he reveals Nigeria will aim to pay them back for a home defeat.
Stuart Baxter head coach of the Bafana Bafana of South Africa has stated that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will aim for revenge when both sides meet in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
Baxter called up 23 players for the crucial group E clash which could determine the qualification hopes of the countries.
In a report on the official website of the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) , Baxter rued injuries to key players such as Tokelo Rantie who scored the first goal against the Super Eagles.
Baxter on injuries
Baxter stated in his press conference that his team need to pick up three points against the Super Eagles at home.
He said, “It has really been a tough task to select the team to face Nigeria without some of our regular players, but we have to soldier on.
“These injuries could not have come at the worst of times when we really need to collect all three points because we are well aware the importance of doing this.”
Baxter on AFCON
He however revealed that the new players added to the team have a point to prove and can displace some of the regulars ahead of the tournament if they eventually qualify.
He said, “The positive side, however, is that this gives us a chance to introduce other players into the squad, and these are players we have been monitoring, so it not like a knee-jerk reaction.
“This helps us to ensure that when we qualify for the tournament we have an even bigger pool of players to choose from. I am also confident that the players brought in will do a good job.”
Baxter on Super Eagles
He went on to state that the after the 2-0 win in Nigeria, the Super Eagles will aim to avenge the defeat in the first leg and they have to replicate their 6-0 win against Seychelles in their next group game.
He said, “I must admit this makes the upcoming clash all the more interesting. Remember we beat them 2-0 in the first leg in their backyard, so they will come here trying to avenge that.
"On the other hand we want to regain the top spot which we relinquished with the draw away to Seychelles.
“The good thing is that qualification is still in our hands.”
South Africa have reduced tickets for the clash against Nigeria scheduled for Saturday, November 17 in an attempt to secure victory.