Former Nigeria national football team captain, Segun Odegbami has said that the Super Eagles ‘will bring the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) back home’ if they can pass the South African test on Wednesday.
Concise News reports that Odegbami was a guest on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday.
“South Africa are the most dangerous. They didn’t start well, but now they are doing well,” Odegbami says.
“Hence, Nigeria have to be very, very careful against them because once we can get rid of them, we will bring the cup back home.”
Furthermore, the gubernatorial aspirant in the 2019 elections in Ogun state labelled the Super Eagles ‘underdogs’ ahead of the Cairo clash.
Odegbami scored twice at AFCON 1980 to hand Nigeria a maiden African title, and while he is hoping they win the fourth title in Egypt, he has identified Bafana Bafana as a team capable of stopping coach Gernot Rohr’s men.
According to the 66-year-old – fondly called ‘The Mathematical’ – the Super Eagles will need to be at their best to overcome the South Africans, who now believe they have mastered the art of beating Nigeria after years of futile efforts.
Nigeria and South Africa have played 13 times, with the Super Eagles triumphing five times and Bafana four, although Stuart Baxter’s men are unbeaten in the previous five meetings.
“We are the underdogs, let me put it like that because they [South Africa] have a psychological advantage,” Odegbami said during the interview.
“In the past couple of games that we have played, we have not been able to beat them.
“The South Africans are on top. For so many years, we were just beating them everywhere, at home or away but suddenly in the recent years they have come up and now they believe they know how to deal with us so that psychology will help them”
Nigeria and South Africa were in the same group during AFCON 2019 qualifiers, and Baxter’s men stunned the Super Eagles 2-0 in Uyo, while the reverse fixture ended 1-1.