SOUTH Africa will take a dismal record against Nigeria’s Super Eagles into Wednesday night’s Nelson Mandela Challenge clash in Durban.
Bafana Bafana have scored in only one of their previous seven meetings against the West African side, managing a goal every five-and-a-quarter hours of football.
Five of those seven matches have ended in defeat, with a fortunate 0-0 draw and a single victory in the 2004 Nelson Mandela Challenge to show for their efforts.
South Africa were handed a football lesson in their first meeting with Nigeria, which came just months after readmission into international football in 1992. Nigeria won 4-0 in Lagos.
South Africa then escaped with a 0-0 draw in the return match in Johannesburg in January 1993.
It was not until the 2000 African Nations Cup semifinals that the teams would meet again and Nigeria had the upper hand once more on home soil in Lagos, winning 2-0.
The teams met again in the 2004 African Nations Cup pool stages and Nigeria romped to a 4-0 success in Tunisia. Later that year, Bafana beat a depleted Nigeria 2-1 in the 2004 Nelson Mandela.
It was normal service resumed after that, when the teams met in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup and African Nations Cup. Ike Uche and Obinna Nwaneri scored in a comfortable Super Eagles victory in Lagos in June 2008, before Nigeria won 1-0 in the return fixture in Port Elizabeth a few months later.