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'Straight shoot out between SA and Nigeria'

Posted: 14 January 2017 Time: 14:02

SAFA president Danny Jordaan believes it will be a 'straight shoot out' between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Bafana were on Thursday night drawn by CAF to battle the Super Eagles, Libya and Seychelles for a spot at Cameroon 2019.

The top teams in each pool qualify for the finals, along with the three best runners-up.

Bafana can draw encouragement from when they beat Nigeria to top spot in the qualifiers for the 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

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"There was never going to be an easy draw but I am very happy with this one," said Jordaan, who attended the draw in the Gabonese capital of Libreville.

"It should be a direct shoot out between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria but I am confident that we should progress in this group."

South Africa, who have yet to appoint a new coach after the axing of Shakes Mashaba, travel to Nigeria first in the week of June 5-13, 2017.

They then take on Seychelles in home and away matches in the week of 3-11 September 2018, before a home clash with Nigeria between October 8-16 October, 2018.

The 1996 continental champions round out their pool campaign with an away tie against Libya on 5-13 November, 2018.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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