Bafana Bafana touch down in Nigeria, amped up for Saturday's game
Posted: 8 June 2017 Time: 21:13
Bafana Bafana have arrived and settled well in Uyo, despite a gruelling journey that saw them arrive in the oil-rich Nigerian State around lunchtime.
Stuart Baxter's team then had to take a 40-minute drive to the hotel which they are sharing with the Super Eagles; their opponents for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
In a bid to preserve energy, coach Baxter decided against having a full training session in stifling heat, rather settling for set pieces and some strategic light training sessions.
“What I have liked about this group of players is their fantastic attitude and energy. You can see this group of players want to do great things for their country and are intent on leaving a lasting impression,” said Baxter upon arriving at the Meridien Hotel.
The national team mentor insisted that the much talked about time frame of preparations will have no bearing on the final outcome of the game insisting he was working with professionals who didn’t need to be taught the football basics.
Meanwhile, Tokelo Rantie, who tormented the Super Eagles and denied them a chance to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, said he was relishing the prospect of a repeat of the 2014 exploits at the same venue.
“I am enjoying my game again and if picked for Saturday’s game, I will welcome the challenge. I believe in hard work and that has always been the basis of my game,” he said.