The travel plans of the Super Eagles were well known to the South Africans before the team departed Asaba for Johannesburg on Thursday.
According The Times of South Africa, the Super Eagles were expected to board a bus for a two-hour journey from Asaba to Benin City for a chartered flight to Johannesburg.
It reported further that the airport at Asaba, where the Super Eagles set up their camp, does not have the runway length for the team to leave from there‚ so they must make the trip to Benin City‚ but do so in high spirits.
It later quoted nigeria’s lead striker as saying that ‘the South Africans don’t scare us.’ “I can tell you that we are well-prepared.
“It is not going to be a different game.
“We are taking it like every other game that we have played‚” Musa reportedly told reporters.
He adds the players are relaxed as‚ needing only a point from their final two qualifiers to secure a berth in the finals in Cameroon next year‚ even a defeat to Bafana would leave them with a home match against Seychelles in which to book their passage.
“We are not under any pressure‚ because we are confident of securing qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“As a team‚ we are united and play for each other. That is the most important thing in football. We know them very well‚ just as they know us too.”
Nigeria are now at full strength after the late arrival of France-based midfielder Samuel Kalu‚ reportedly because of problems securing a visa for South Africa.
Coach Gernot Rohr said his side will go out to secure Afcon qualification‚ which does not necessarily mean they will push hard for a win‚ with just a point needed to secure their place in Cameroon.
“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else.
“We want the ticket in our pocket before the final match day‚” he told his association’s website.
The fixture this weekend is part of an intriguing double-header between the two nations‚ for who there is no love lost on the football pitch.
Banyana Banyana will also take on the Super Falcons in the opening match of their African Women’s Championship campaign in Ghana on Sunday.