2026 World Cup Qualifiers: South Africa’s Williams talks tough ahead of Nigeria game

AFCON 2023: Nine-man Ivory Coast defeat 10-man Mail in extra time to reach semis

Ronwen Williams is upbeat about South Africa’s chances of securing a win against Nigeria in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana and the Super Eagles will rekindle rivalry at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on June 7, with Hugo Broos’ men hoping to revenge for their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final defeat to the West Africans.

The most recent encounter between both countries ended in a 1-1 draw and Nigeria won via penalty shoot-out in Ivory Coast while the last time Nigeria and South Africa played each other in Uyo, Bafana emerged 2-0 winners.

Williams also suggested that Bafana Bafana must be consistent with their performance in Uyo to overcome the three-time African champions.

The Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper was part of the South Africa squad that visited Nigeria in 2017 and he starred at AFCON 2023 to claim the Best Goalkeeper award.

“The last time we went to Nigeria we beat them … I was part of that squad so I will share my experience with the players,” Williams told the Citizen.

“And it was a valuable experience in the Afcon, playing Nigeria. I think that was one of our better games at the Afcon, so it is possible to go there and get a result. Why not? We have shown we can compete with the best we just need to show that consistency.”

South Africa are second in Group C of the CAF World Cup qualifiers with three points after two games while Nigeria are in third position with two points after the same number of matches.

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