Prior to the game, hopes were high that the Super Eagles will defeat their rival Bafana Bafana, but the tide of events changed when Tekolo Rantie and Percy Tau scored the Bafana Bafana goals in the second half at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo on Saturday evening. Thus ensuring that the South Africans break the long time record of never have won a competitive game against the Super Eagles. This time around they did it convincingly by beating the Eagles 2-0. Coach Baxter even said if not for several chances lost, they would have scored more goals.
However, following their defeat to South Africa, the Eagles have tendered an unreserved apology to Nigerians for their lacklustre performance against Bafana Bafana.
“We are disappointed with the result of Saturday’s game. Our heads are bowed and spirits low because we didn’t make our fans proud or happy,” the Super Eagles admitted.
The Eagles Twitter statement then hinted at a possible changes in the playing department ahead of the double header 2018 World Cup qualifiers against African champions Cameroon in August.