Super Eagles star Wilfred Ndidi has said the team would beat South Africa in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier with South Africa.
Nigeria, top of the Group E standing for the race to Cameroon, will be away in Johannesburg to take on the Bafana Bafana on November 17.
The South Africans had defeated Gernot Rohr’s side 2-0 in the first leg in June 2017.
However, Ndidi, 21, is confident that the West Africans would not be deterred by injuries and suspension to some of their key players ahead of the showdown.
“We have a big opportunity to return to the Nations Cup and I believe the players can make it happen, ”Ndidi told the BBC
“The World Cup is gone and we’ve been winning games after Russia, and it is an extra motivation to prove that we learned from the mistake of missing the last two tournaments in Africa.
“It is my dream to play in Cameroon next year, my teammates share the same ambition and we have a big chance to make it happen now.”
He admitted that “We’ve suffered some setbacks but that is all part of the game, but I don’t think that is enough to stop us.
“Injury and suspension should not prevent us, it’s been tough because other players at the club will tease you if you don’t play in big tournaments.
“For our careers, our country and fans we should be playing in the Nations Cup and we have to make it happen now.”