2019 Afcon qualifier
Eagles in training for Libya clash in Sfax (image courtesy NFF Media)

South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has said his side would be facing a different and tougher Nigerian team in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Bafana Bafana stunned the Super Eagles with 2-0 win in their first Group E game in Uyo, southern Nigeria.

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But with three straight wins since that loss, the three-time African champions now hang on the roof of the group.

And as both sides prepare to square off next month in the reverse fixture, Hlatshwayo has admitted it would be a top game.

“Things didn’t go our way in Victoria‚ we did not finish the chances that we created, but we have to move on from this,” Hlatshwayo told South African Times.

“The weather was not too hot‚ it was a bit cooler but we were not able to play our free-flowing football.

“Defensively, we did well. It is good that we did not concede and we know how the group looks like because Nigeria won on Tuesday.

“They are top of the group and we are playing them in the next match.”

He added that “It is going to be a different Nigeria compared to the one that we played away.

“So‚ we are aware of the challenge that is upon us and we have to do it ourselves as a team against them.

“Against Seychelles at FNB Stadium‚ we did well by scoring many goals, but unfortunately, we did not score playing away.

“Nigeria is a different team and we are looking forward to that challenge.

“We saw how they played in their last match and probably the coach will have a different plan because we used a different plan against Seychelles away from home.”