It’s their first win over Nigeria in a competitive game and brought an end to the latter’s seeming superior record over Bafana, who now top the group, where only the winners are guaranteed of a ticket to play in the 2019 tournament to be hosted by Cameroon. On a night that coach Gernot Rohr recorded his first loss since he was appointed manager by the Nigeria Football Federation last year, the Eagles simply failed to come to the party, allowing their opponents the leeway to score two second half goals that stunned a home crowd into silence, pain, despair, agony and anguish. Nigeria’s tormentor Tokelo Rantie put Bafana Bafana ahead in the 56th minute, Percy Tau making it 2-0 in the 80th, in the shock result of the opening round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. It could have been more – the unfortunate Themba Zwane somehow struck the upright twice. Coach Stuart Baxter, on his return to coach Bafana, oversaw the end to the 24-year drought against the team South Africa could never beat. Remarkably, he had also been in charge of Bafana’s one previous friendly win against Nigeria, 1-0 at Ellis Park in 2004. Bafana are now in pole position to qualify for Cameroon 2018. Seychelles will be whipping boys in Group E, Libya perhaps a little more than that.


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