From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Former Super Eagles forward, Mutiu Adepoju has tipped the Super Eagles to begin their AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa on a good note at the Uyo Nest of Champions on June 10.
The Eagles would after the AFCON qualifier do another tough battle against Cameroon in the race to Russia 2018 at the same venue in August.
Adepoju in a chat with Daily Sunsports said all the Eagles need to win both ties is to continue with the winning mentality that has been their hallmark under Gernot Rohr.
He further charged the players to approach both matches with determination and zeal.
In his words: “We don’t have any reason to entertain any fear ahead of the games against South Africa and Cameroon. The players just have to take the matches very seriously and play them with determination. They must take the matches as they come, approach them with zeal and play it to win.” On the Eagles goalkeeping fears, Adepoju said there is nothing to worry about, insisting that the Eagles technical crew have many good goalkeepers to fall back on in the absence of first choice, Carl Ikeme.
“I don’t want to believe that we are facing any goalkeeping crisis because there are still good goalkeepers around. When Vincent Enyeama left, we thought that we will have problem, but Carl Ikeme has been a good replacement. He has done very well. We can equally get other good goalkeepers within the league and outside the country when he is not available.”
…Baxter plots victory with DVD
By Monica Iheakam
Bafana Bafana of South Africa new handler, Stuart Baxter says he would dissect Super Eagles match videos as part of his preparations for the June 10, 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in Uyo.
Baxter, who will name his squad for the Uyo cracker on Thursday, disclosed that he has been monitoring situations from Nigeria, adding that he would be assessing Eagles recent performances .
“I’ll not be in Gabon. I’ll be at SAFA House this week doing my preparing for the Nigeria game. I’ve done work on the squad, I’ve done some work on the opponents and I’m reading Nigerian news every day, trying to find out what they are thinking,” said Baxter.
“I’ll try to pick a team with a few warriors that will take us to Nigeria to get us the results.”
“I’ll have to be 100 percent honest, I haven’t had time because of my commitments here at SuperSport. I haven’t time I have to say,” he said.
“The next two days I’ll take my SuperSport hat off and put my Bafana hat on. It’s not perfect and the preparation will not be perfect.
“But I’ll get the DVDs, I’ll break that down of their last three games. We played them a 2-2 game, I saw that and I’ll get that, I’ll break that down, so we’ll do some preparation.
“But I think the important thing is to get the squad right, get the right sort of squad.”
Bafana last met Nigeria in 2014, playing to a 2-2 draw which dashed the West African nation’s hopes of defending their continental title at the 2015 AFCON.