Bafana Bafana legend, Lucas Radebe, has backed Stuart Baxter and his side to get the job done and qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, calling this weekend’s game a ‘thriller’.
Bafana face the Super Eagles on Saturday afternoon knowing that a victory will secure their spot in Cameroon, and ‘Rhoo’ knows what is at stake at FNB Stadium in a clash that has become a bit of a grudge game for the nations involved.
The South Africans have only managed to beat Nigeria twice over the years – once in 2004 and again last year – with Baxter being the man in charge on both occasions, but they will be high on confidence this time around having failed to lose, or concede, in any of their AFCON qualifiers so far.
Speaking at the launch of Jawitz Properties’ #RealLifeRealEstate launch, for which he is an ambassador, the former Leeds United defender said, “Anything is possible. I think that we have to believe in who we have. Nobody is in there as a fluke. Everybody in that team deserves to be there and wear that jersey as they try to win the game at the weekend. There’s a lot at stake, we’re talking about a grudge game against the Nigerians who claim to be the best in Africa. They always say they would have won it in 1996.
“It could turn things around for us in terms of the performance and the stability because I’d like to see more quality in performance and success in winning games.”
When asked whether he has faith in the coach and current group of players, Radebe went on to say, “I have faith in Baxter, I’ve always had faith in the coaches that we have. Otherwise, why would they be part of the national team? We all know the quality of Stuart Baxter in terms of his coaching and knowing our local players. It makes it a thrilling encounter this weekend. For these players on Saturday, it’s a big game.”
Bafana face Nigeria on Saturday 17 November at 15:00 at the FNB Stadium.