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Nigeria clash Bafana in AFCON qualifier

Nigeria and South Africa will battle for early ascendancy in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they meet in Uyo on Saturday, June 10.

Nigeria and South Africa will battle for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

The match is set for the Akwa Ibom Stadium, with kick-off at 6 pm CAT.

Neither the Super Eagles nor Bafana Bafana qualified for the last Afcon in Gabon earlier this year, meaning a place in the 2019 finals is a major priority for both – at least until the 2018 World Cup qualifiers resume.

While Nigeria has had German coach Gernot Rohr in charge of their team for the better part of a year, South Africa will see this match as the start of a new era under Stuart Baxter.

Nigeria has generally bossed South Africa in senior football, with the Super Eagles claiming seven victories (compared to just one for Bafana Bafana) in 12 official meetings. SA have never beaten Nigeria in a competitive match, with the teams playing to draws in their meetings in the 2015 qualifiers.

FOR THE RECORDS: PAST RESULTS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
1: 10 Oct 1992: Nigeria 4-0 South Africa – Lagos (World Cup Qualifier)
2: 16 Jan 1993: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria – Johannesburg (World Cup Qualifier)
3: 10 Feb 2000: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa – Lagos (AFCON semi-final)
4: 31 Jan 2004: South Africa 0-4 Nigeria – Monastir (AFCON group stage)
5: 17 Nov 2004: South Africa 2-1 Nigeria – Johannesburg (Mandela Challenge)
6: 1 June 2008: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa – Abuja (World Cup Qualifier)
7: 6 Sep 2008: South Africa 0-1 Nigeria – Port Elizabeth (World Cup Qualifier)
8: 11 Aug 2013: South Africa 0-2 Nigeria – Durban (Mandela Challenge)
9: 19 Jan 2014: South Africa 1-3 Nigeria – Cape Town (CHAN group stage)
10: 10 Sept 2014: South Africa 0—0 Nigeria – Cape Town (AFCON Qualifier)
11: 19 Nov 2014: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)
12: 29 Mar 2015: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria – Nelspruit (Friendly)

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