ONLY VICTORY WILL KEEP US IN CONTENTION: IGESUND
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
National football team coach, Gordon Igesund, believes that only victory in the remaining two matches against Ethiopia and Botswana will keep Bafana Bafana in contention for the 2014 Fifa World Cup
Bafana will play with Group A leaders Ethiopia in Iddis Ababa on Sunday, then play Botswana at home on the 7th of September.
The Ethiopians are leading the group with 10 points, just two points ahead of Bafana. The game on Sunday promises to be a thriller as South African boys will be aiming to step on the first spot, whilst Ethiopians would want to maintain their position.
The team that finishes on the top of the group proceeds to play-offs and then the winner secures a place to play in the World Cup which will take place in Brazil next year.
Igesund understands the importance of winning both remaining matches. “The situation is self-explanatory; you do not need to be a rocket scientist to see what needs to be done. We both have two games left, so for us only a win will keep us in contention,” he said in a statement from South African Football Association (SAFA).
“We needed to get the three points from CAR, and all along I have been saying the key game will be against Ethiopia. But the nice thing is that it is in our hands. We need to win this game and then beat Botswana and qualify for the next and final round of qualifiers. We have to take each game as it comes but a draw is not good for us. I am confident we will be well-prepared for this match. We are studying the video of the match between Botswana and Ethiopia, and I will have a good game plan for Sunday. What I do know is that they don’t have to win the match, a draw will suit them fine so I don’t expect them to attack a lot, but we will have to attack them,” he said.
In the other Group A match on Sunday, Central African Republic (CAR) will play against Botswana. Both countries have been eliminated as CAR is on 3 points and Botswana on 1 point.
South Africa will leave for Addis Ababa on Friday.