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Nigeria vs South Africa: Super Eagles Urged To Crush Bafana Bafana In First Half Of World Cup Qualifier

The Super Eagles have been urged to secure an early win against South Africa in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, following a poor start to the campaign.

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Nigeria vs South Africa: Super Eagles Urged To Crush Bafana Bafana In First Half Of World Cup Qualifier
Nigeria vs South Africa: Super Eagles Urged To Crush Bafana Bafana In First Half Of World Cup Qualifier

The Super Eagles have been urged to secure an early win against South Africa in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, following a poor start to the campaign.

Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh, emphasized the importance of an early victory to revive Nigeria’s World Cup hopes.

The Super Eagles have been advised to secure an early win when they face South Africa on Friday, reports Soccernet.ng. The call was made by Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh, ahead of Nigeria’s crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

After failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and starting this campaign with two draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, a victory against South Africa could revive Nigeria’s World Cup hopes.

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Earlier this year, Nigeria and South Africa drew 1-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals, with the Super Eagles advancing after a penalty shootout. Enoh has urged Finidi George’s team to aim for a decisive win this time.

“The FIFA World Cup is the biggest showpiece in football,” Enoh said in a statement issued on Thursday, as per Daily Post.

“We cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup again. The disappointment of missing the last tournament, especially after the disappointing home match against the Black Stars, must drive us to ensure we qualify this time.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup.

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“I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half.

“The upcoming match against South Africa is critical. The players need to put the AFCON glory behind them and concentrate fully on this task. Early goals will be key to taking control of the game and ensuring a less pressured second half.”

Historically, Nigeria has a good record against South Africa, with eight wins, five draws, and two losses in 15 encounters.

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