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Five talking points for Bafana Bafana ahead of Nigeria clash

South Africa host Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium on November 17, a match in which both sides will have the opportunity to book their place in the finals in Cameroon next year.

Bafana Bafana come up against arguably their biggest rival on the African continent, with no love lost between the nations and all to play for.

KweséESPN looks at five talking points for South Africa ahead of the crunch clash.   

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Odion Ighalo devastated by Bafana Bafana miss

Odion Ighalo tells KweséESPN he is "devastated and sad" after suffering an injury that has effectively ended his season.

A scan on Thursday morning showed that the Super Eagles striker suffered a torn hamstring, which will keep him out of action for four to five weeks, effectively ending his season with Chinese Super League outfit Changchun Yatai.

But Ighalo told KweséESPN he was more upset about missing next week's grudge 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.


Ghana's big problem exposed in latest Black Stars squad

Kwesi Appiah's latest Ghana squad has highlighted the severity of one of the Black Stars' longest standing problems - the dearth of quality strikers coming through.

There are few major talking points from Appiah's squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on November 18, although a lack of in-form strikers is an exception.

Jordan Ayew is making a return to the international fold after a year in the cold on the back of arguably his trickiest season in English football.


Henry Onyekuru replaces Odion Ighalo in Nigeria squad

Galatasary forward Henry Onyekuru has been called up from the standby list to replace Odion Ighalo ahead of Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa on November 17.

Ighalo sustained an injury on Wednesday while playing for Changchun Yatai against Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League, and will now sit out the Super Eagles' meeting against Bafana Bafana, having missed out on the reverse fixture in similar circumstances.

Ighalo's withdrawal is the second in three days after...

Ghana recall Ayew brothers for Ethiopia clash

Andre and Jordan Ayew are set to end their year-long absence from the Black Stars squad after Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah named the duo in the West Africans' Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia.

The brothers are among 20 players called up for the game in Addis Ababa on November 18.

They've not played for the national side since the 1-1 draw against Congo-Brazzaville in a World Cup qualifier in September 2017, having opted out of the return match.

Captain Asamoah Gyan, who also hasn't played...