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Nigeria are through to next year's AFCON with a game to spare after they drew 1-1 with home team Bafana Bafana today in Johannesburg.

"There is always good rivalry between South Africa and Nigeria".

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, has named a very strong starting line-up to face Bafana Bafana in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in South Africa.

They will, however, be encouraged by the fact that they have not lost a game in this qualification process and are yet to concede a goal in the four matches played already.

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The Super Eagles launched themselves back to the continental championship after missing out on two consecutive editions since winning the 2013 edition.

Both teams tied 1-1 in a friendly in Nelspruit in March 2015 before the Bafana shocked the Eagles in Uyo 2-0 on Matchday 1 of the current qualifying series.

The result sees Bafana sitting second in Group E with nine points - one behind Nigeria - with Libya at third with seven points.

Nigerians immigrants have a high presence in Johannesburg and surrounding areas and Bafana will need South Africans to show the same urgency they usually display ahead of matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

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Cape Town City right-back Thamzanqa Mkhize had a a mistake-ridden first half, though it was his piece of skill that restored some momentum to Bafana when he beat left-back Collins Jamilu and squared perfectly between the runs of strikers Mothiba and Tau. The defender deflected Samuel Kalu's cross past his own goalkeeper. Early on Mothiba teed up Serero for a volley in the area, directly in front of goal, the Vitesse player miscuing over the bar.

This has got Nigerians lashing at him on social Media.

After losing their opening match in Group E 2-0 to Bafana Bafana previous year, the Super Eagles revived their hope with a 3-0 win over Seychelles in Victoria in September.

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