Nigeria boss Rohr backs Bafana for AFCON qualification

Nigeria return to Africa Cup of Nations

After missing out on back-to-back editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles have booked their place at Cameroon 2019 despite playing a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana on Saturday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Despite both teams pressing for a victor, the final result ended 1-1, as Nigeria took their points tally to 10 from five games which is enough to see the three-time African Champions remain top of Group E and book a place in Cameroon. They need to relax at the right time and be aggressive at the right time.

The Eagles earned the ticket with one match to spare.

The Super Eagles' previous Nations Cup triumphs came in 1980, 1994 and 2013.

Libya kept the pressure on Bafana on Saturday by thrashing Seychelles 8-1.

"That's more of a mental issue maybe because South Africans have had a long time or just the squad [not qualifying]", he said.

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The Nigerian coach, however, also had words of caution for SA before the match against Libya.

The former captain of Nigeria, Joseph Yebo, also singled out Tau for special praise after the stalemate.

The Super Eagles now led the Group E, with 10 points. It was a tough game in hard weather conditions for Nigeria.

"Having keenly followed the senior national football team's progress in the qualifying stages, President Buhari is enthused by their confidence, sense of patriotism and professionalism, and commends these attributes to other Nigerians, " the statement said.

They will, however, be encouraged by the fact that they have not lost a game in this qualification process and are yet to concede a goal in the four matches played already.

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