Nigeria forward Sunday Mba has backed the Super Eagles to prove their doubters wrong and see of the challenge of Bafana Bafana in Durban.
Stephen Keshi’s men start their preparations for the Nelson Mandela Challenge on August 11 in Abuja before making their way to the east coast of South Africa for the much anticipated August 14 clash at the picturesque Moses Mabida Stadium.
While the encounter has been billed as a friendly clash, it certainly be closely contested much at stake for both sides.
Nigeria will be keen to underscore their status as African champions ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Malawi on September 7, while Gordon Igesund has named a strong squad that will be determined to put on a good performance on home soil after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Looking ahead to the clash, Mba told supersport.com: “Of course, there is nothing to worry over the names the South Africans will parade against us during the Nelson Mandela Challenge, I’m cool and at home with the names.
“It’s a friendly game but the build-up to the game underscores the fact that there is nothing like friendly in football any longer, every game is as important as the World Cup final.
“We know it won’t be easy in South Africa more so against the Bafana Bafana because everybody wants to win against Nigeria and go down in history as the side that defeated the reigning African champions.
“I see the encounter as a game we must win, our pride is already at stake so I believe we’ll prepare very well and on matchday come to the party to prove further to doubters that our victory at 2013 AFCON was not a fluke rather well deserved.”