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Super Eagles a threat to Bafana

14 August 2013, 07:42

Durban - Bafana Bafana are determined to use Wednesday's Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Nigeria as a confidence builder, South African midfielder Dean Furman said on Tuesday.

"Winning breeds confidence and, going into these big games, there’s nothing better than feeling confident," Furman said on Tuesday.

"The spirit in the group is great.

"We’ve obviously spent a lot of time together in Cameroon and Ethiopia (for other recent qualifying games), where the one result wasn’t great for us.

"But definitely we came out a lot stronger from that, which will hopefully help us in tough games like these and the ones ahead."

The match would be the 19th edition of the annual event, played in honour of the former president, but the first to be played in Durban.

Bafana Bafana’s record had been fairly poor over the years --seven wins, eight losses and three draws -- and they had not won the trophy since 2009.

Furman, though, is adamant they can overcome the Super Eagles.

"We know they’re the African champions and obviously had a great tournament a few months ago here in South Africa," the England-based player said.

"We’ll look to be competitive against them, first and foremost.

"We’re playing on home soil and it’s a very important match for the country."

He acknowledged the credentials of the Super Eagles, adding that Nigeria posed a massive threat, based on their strong squad.

"They’ve got a lot of threats and have some very good players at clubs in Europe and all over the world.

"But we know that victory will give us some great confidence to take into our final qualification game against Botswana.”

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund reported that all his players were fit for the game, although his squad was left with just 22 players following the non-arrival of Anele Ngcongca.

The Belgium-based defender’s club, Genk, claimed he was carrying an injury which prevented him from travelling for the game.

"It's a fabricated story and I expect justice to take its course," Igesund said earlier on Tuesday.

"He was supposed to leave on Monday morning, but his club wanted to hold him back.

"I explained the situation to them, saying we can't release him because we need him and it’s a Fifa date.

"Then late last night, I got a call from their coach saying he's picked up an injury. Where it happened I don't know."



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