Why Nigeria Must Beat South Africa In 2019 Afcon Showdown - Ex-Int'l
Eagles got the better of Libya over two legs in quick succession (image courtesy NFF Media)

Nigeria cannot afford to miss out of the 2019 African Cup of Nations for the third time in a row, according to a former Super Eagles star Garba Lawal.

The West Africans would face South Africa in a qualifying game for the competition this month.

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Gernot Rohr’s side are leading the Group E race to Cameroon with nine points from three games with South Africa second having gathered eight points.

Speaking ahead of the clash with the Bafana Bafana, Lawal who is a member of the  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee said there is no room for the Eagles to slack.

Having lost the first leg of the game 2-0 at home, the Olympic gold medalist has urged the three-time African champions to go for revenge.

“Rohr has invited players he believes can get the desired result in South Africa, I believe we owe him the duty to support the team to achieve a win,” he told Complete Sports.

“The Eagles cannot afford to be complacent at this stage bearing in mind that they have missed the last two edition of AFCON.

“Talent-wise, I think we have the players to beat South Africa before their home crowd, but the coach must get his tactics right and the players must show 100% commitment.

“The Eagles must try to avoid defeat to qualify ahead of the last game of the group

“It is unfortunate that the Eagles will be without Mikel Obi and Wilfred Ndidi, but I believe there are players who will step in and perform well.

“It is an opportunity for players who have been on the fringe to step up and convince the coach on what they are capable of doing.”