Newly appointed South African captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has taken a swipe at the Super Eagles of Nigeria after he branded the team “arrogant” ahead of their mouthwatering tie on Saturday.
Both sides will face-off at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, in Group E first qualifying match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
South Africa have not recorded a win over Nigeria in a competitive match but Hlatshwayo is certain that he and his teammates will break the jinx against all odds.
“It more like a baptism of fire to get this (named captain) ahead of the Nigeria game but we have played Nigeria before and we came close to beating them twice in our last two meetings and I think they are there for the taking this time around,” Hlatshwayo said on SAFA.net
“It’s somehow a familiar environment because I was then involved in those last two encounters and we should come back with a positive result.
“But Nigeria is a strong side, we need to respect them and show real character.
“Nigeria are a proud and arrogant team but I still believe we have now overcome that psychological barrier of not having beaten them in a competitive match; yet we could have done so in the past two games,” he added