Nigeria won the African title for a record eighth time in Cameroun two years ago (Image courtesy Caf)

South Africa captain Janine van Wyk is confident the Bayana Bayana can beat African champions Nigeria in their opening game at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

The two sides will face off in their opening Group B fixture on Sunday, November 18, at the Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana.

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Other teams in the group are Kenya and Zambia.

“First game is really crucial for us, it is a game between rivals, but I think in the past we have been slow starters in tournaments and we need to change that, and go with the perspective of attacking from the onset,” Van Wyk told the South Africa Football Association official website.

“We just need to go out there and not show any fear, most of us here in the squad are highly experienced and we have played them numerous times, we must just go for it.”