Bafana Bafana upset Super Eagles in Uyo

The home team, playing away from home due to security concerns produced a scintillating performance to overcome the continental lightweight Seychelles 5-1 to shoot to the top of their group.

Baxter will dissect what he got right to achieve this frankly spectacular starting result. Bafana have beaten Nigeria just once in those 12 meetings since 1992.

Bafana Bafana fly home on Sunday and go straight to Rustenburg where they will play Zambia in an worldwide friendly on Tuesday at Moruleng Stadium.

The coach told reporters that he was expecting four more players to report to camp Tuesday afternoon.

The best chance of the first half fell to the visitors.

They started particularly so, but there were glimpses of an improvement as the half wore on.

With 20 minutes remaining, South Africa had a brilliant opportunity to kill off the game through Zwane.

"You know with a young team where all is good it's wonderful, when it's hard they become nervous and that was the case today". Does one leave for "greener pastures" while they're in favour, or do they stick around and try create a dynasty?

Nigeria were not deadly in the final third, letting SA off.

Soon after, Khune was once again at alert as he smartly tipped over a Moses Simon cross. Then Daniel Akpeyi almost did gift the game to the travelling team.

Themba Zwane hit the uprights twice against Nigeria.

But Bafana came out from the break looking far sharper.

Bafana Bafana found themselves defending for most of the early stages in the second half, but on 54 minutes they claimed the lead through Rantie, who met Ramahlwe Mphahlele's cross and beat Akepyi at his near post with a downward header.

It was Gernot Rohr's first loss in charge of the Super Eagles. "We could lose to Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire or anybody, but never South Africa". Mostly they battled for everything.

"I think in the end, the team need to be complimented for remaining level-headed especially in the opening minutes of the first half when they tried to put numbers upfront searching for that opening goal".

  • Julie Sanders