Swaziland believe they can pull off one of the biggest upsets in football history by beating Nigeria to qualify for the third and final round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia qualifiers. Punch reports
Twenty countries, who qualify from the second round, will be grouped into five groups of four teams. The champions of each group will seal their place in the World Cup.
After Sihlangu (King’s Shield) dismissed Djibouti 8-1 on aggregate to set up a second round clash against the Super Eagles, the Swaziland Football Association says the Southern African minnows must begin their preparations for the two-legged encounter.
Sihlangu are expected to host the Eagles in the first leg tie at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba at the weekend of November 9-10 with the second leg being played in Nigeria a week later.
The Swaziland FA boss Frederick Mngomezulu said the association would consider a friendly game for Sihlangu, who are 135th in the latest FIFA rankings, ahead of the Russia 2018 qualifier against the Eagles, who are 52nd in the world rankings.
“We are waiting for the coach (Harris Bulunga) to furnish with us a report – to inform us of how he wants to work going to this game. This is an important game and we need to step up our preparations,” Mngomezulu was quoted by the Swazi Observer as saying on Monday.