Although, Bafana Bafana Coach, Shakes Mashaba has boasted they will snatch a win in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations last group qualifying match against the Super Eagles, ex-international, Peter Ijeh has jettisoned his claims, saying Nigeria can beat South Africa if Coach Stephen Keshi approaches the game with superior tactics.
South Africa will top Group A no matter the result in Uyo, but it’s a must win for Nigeria to qualify for 2015 Nations Cup.
Ijeh, the Chief Coach of Assyriska BK Football Club of Sweden says the South African Coach is talking tough because he has a very good and mobile team in Bafana Bafana, but he believes the Nigerian team can have an upper hand in the match if the Eagles foil the fluid play of their guests at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.
“I’m glad with what Keshi is doing and I think he has the team to deliver the Nations Cup ticket to Nigeria after tomorrow’s match. However, his team should beware of the South Africans in this crucial match. I’m urging the Big Boss to present a strong pattern that could break down the South Africans”, Ijeh, a UEFA Licenced Grade ‘A’ Coach told eyeonthesports.com.
“Bafana Bafana are a very strong side, especially in the midfield and have a dangerous player (Number 15), who uses his pace to cause havoc against their opponents. This midfielder should be cut off completely, his marker should not allow him use his deadly right foot, while the Eagles must raise their game and play to win”, Ijeh said in Lagos on Tuesday.
Continuing, Ijeh, who led his Swedish Division 2 Club to win the West Goteborg Championship trophy in his first year in charge, further admonished the Eagles to guard their rear, defend from the right and ensure they are potent while on the offensive, especially from the left flank, adding that they should utilise chances from aerial positions.
Ijeh, who was Highest Goals Scorer in the Nigeria Premier League in his first season for Julius Berger in 2000 season, concluded by saying he is sending these words of encouragement to the Eagles’ camp in Uyo, to support Keshi and his team. He called on the football loving Nigerians to give the Nigerian side an unflinching backup at this challenging period.
Ijeh played for top Nigerian teams; Nitel Football Club and Julius Berger Football Club both of Lagos, and also starred for top Division Clubs in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.