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Baxter under the microscope as Bafana seek Nations Cup tonic

Defeat against Nigeria on Saturday will by no means be the end of South Africa's Africa Cup of Nations final dreams, with the team still arguably favourites to qualify ahead of Libya, but the clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg has the feel of a pivotal moment for the country's football.

In fact, Bafana Bafana could still be handed a berth to Cameroon next June-July with a loss if Libya fall to a shock defeat in the Seychelles, but in many ways this game against the Super Eagles is not even...

Poor ticket sales highlight Bafana's big image problem

News that the South African Football Association are struggling to sell tickets for Bafana Bafana's crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria at FNB Stadium on Saturday should serve as a massive red flag for all involved in the sport in the country.

For South Africa, there can be no bigger foe on the African continent than the Super Eagles, and the fact that this is a vital qualifier that could see the team book their place at the Nations Cup finals in Cameroon next year should add...

South Africa vs. Nigeria: Where will the game be won and lost?

Nigeria's top priority when they meet South Africa in this weekend's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will be securing their ticket to Cameroon next year.

However, the Super Eagles will also be keen to avenge their defeat by Bafana Bafana earlier in the campaign.

When they last met, Bafana opened cagily, were lucky not to concede early when Oghenekaro Etebo's effort whistled just wide, and then went on to counterpunch for two goals against a young and inexperienced Nigeria side.

That loss, following...

Picking a Super Eagles-Bafana Bafana Combined XI

Nigeria's Super Eagles are still smarting from succumbing to their first competitive defeat against South Africa, in the first round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, and individual players are chomping at the bit to exact retribution this weekend.

Prior to that 2-0 win for the South Africans in 2017, Bafana Bafana had not lost to the Super Eagles in three previous encounters and not only want to extend that streak, but to do so with a win.

Both sides are hit with injuries heading to Johannesburg,...

Familiar foe but an unfamiliar opponent for many in Bafana squad

It is a sign of the injury crisis and the rapid evolution of the South African national side that just nine of their 23-man squad have ever faced Nigeria before in an international fixture - and of those only three have played the Super Eagles more than once.

With stalwarts Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly and Sibusiso Vilakazi all missing through injury, facing Bafana Bafana's traditional arch-nemesis will be a novel occasion for many of their team.

Injuries aside, the...