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Mixed feelings for Bafana's Baxter after Nigeria draw

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter says he is "proud and frustrated" after his side played to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at the FNB Stadium on Saturday to leave their participation at next year's Africa Cup of Nations in the balance.

Bafana Bafana fell behind to a Buhle Mkhwanazi own goal after only nine minutes, but equalized late in the first half through Lebo Mothiba after excellent work from Man of the Match Percy Tau.

That pleased Baxter, but he was frustrated that his players did not go for the...

Nigeria seal Nations Cup berth with South Africa draw

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Nigeria sealed their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw against South Africa in their Group E qualifier at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, with their hosts facing an anxious wait until March to see if they can join them.

The Super Eagles led early thanks to an own goal from South Africa defender Buhle Mkhwanazi, but the hosts responded with an excellent equalizer from Lebo Mothiba, his fourth international goal in just five appearances.

Nigeria head the pool with 10 points from...

Baxter under the microscope as Bafana seek Nations Cup tonic

Defeat against Nigeria on Saturday will by no means be the end of South Africa's Africa Cup of Nations final dreams, with the team still arguably favourites to qualify ahead of Libya, but the clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg has the feel of a pivotal moment for the country's football.

In fact, Bafana Bafana could still be handed a berth to Cameroon next June-July with a loss if Libya fall to a shock defeat in the Seychelles, but in many ways this game against the Super Eagles is not even...

Poor ticket sales highlight Bafana's big image problem

News that the South African Football Association are struggling to sell tickets for Bafana Bafana's crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria at FNB Stadium on Saturday should serve as a massive red flag for all involved in the sport in the country.

For South Africa, there can be no bigger foe on the African continent than the Super Eagles, and the fact that this is a vital qualifier that could see the team book their place at the Nations Cup finals in Cameroon next year should add...

South Africa vs. Nigeria: Where will the game be won and lost?

Nigeria's top priority when they meet South Africa in this weekend's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will be securing their ticket to Cameroon next year.

However, the Super Eagles will also be keen to avenge their defeat by Bafana Bafana earlier in the campaign.

When they last met, Bafana opened cagily, were lucky not to concede early when Oghenekaro Etebo's effort whistled just wide, and then went on to counterpunch for two goals against a young and inexperienced Nigeria side.

That loss, following...