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Nigeria, history stand in Bafana's way

27 March 2015, 09:30

Cape Town - South Africa and Nigeria will renew their rivalry and meet for a 12th time when they clash in an international friendly at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Super Eagles have generally been a nemesis for Bafana Bafana, who have managed just one win against the West African giants in 11 previous meetings - that lone victory arrived in a friendly in Johannesburg over a decade ago (2-1 in November 2004).

Aside from that success, there have three draws and a full seven victories for Nigeria, who have definitely dominated the rivalry. The Super Eagles’ 4-0 victory over South Africa in the teams’ very first meeting, a 1994 World Cup qualifier, set the tone for much of what has followed since.

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However, Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana twice held the Nigerians to draws in qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in September and November last year.

The results helped to eliminate Nigeria from the competition in the preliminary stages and brought their reign as African champs to a premature end.

Furthermore, South Africa was the better team in both matches, particularly a 2-2 draw in Uyo (the teams’ most recent meeting) where two goals from Tokelo Rantie had put Mashaba’s side on course for a first ever competitive win over the Super Eagles, but the hosts fought back through a brace from Sone Aluko to claim a share of the spoils.

South Africa v Nigeria - previous meetings

P          W         D          L          GF        GA

11        1          3          7          5          20

1994 World Cup qualifier, 10/10/1992, Lagos – Nigeria 4-0 South Africa

1994 World Cup qualifier, 16/01/1993, Johannesburg – South Africa 0-0 Nigeria

2000 AFCON second round, 10/02/2000, Lagos – South Africa 0-2 Nigeria

2004 AFCON first round, 31/01/2004, Monastir – Nigeria 4-0 South Africa

2004 Friendly, 17/11/2004, Johannesburg – South Africa 2-1 Nigeria

2010 World Cup/AFCON qualifier, 01/06/2008, Abuja – Nigeria 2-0 South Africa

2010 World Cup/AFCON qualifier, 06/09/2008, Port Elizabeth – South Africa 0-1 Nigeria

2013 Friendly, 14/08/2013, Durban – South Africa 0-2 Nigeria

2014 CHAN first round, 19/01/2014, Cape Town – Nigeria 3-1 South Africa

2015 AFCON qualifier, 10/09/2014, Cape Town – South Africa 0-0 Nigeria

2015 AFCON qualifier, 19/11/2014, Uyo – Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

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