Central African Republic – South Africa Preview: Bafana in a must-win clash
Bafana travel to Yaounde to face wounded Central African Republic side in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier clash on Saturday afternoon
By Ernest Makhaya
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Youga, Anzite, Enza-Yamissi, Keita
Zimbori, Enza-Yamissi, Lignanzi, Kethevoama
Ngcongca, Matoho, Nthethe, Nunes
Klate,Letsholonyane, Furman, Mahlangu
Bafana Bafana will be hoping to climb the ladder and finish top of the Group A table when they face Central African Republic in Cameroon on Saturday afternoon.
Bafana need three points against CAR and hope that Ethiopia drop points against neighbours Botswana to keep their World Cup dream alive.
However, CAR will not be pushovers as they also need all maximum points to stay in touch with the log leaders, and they would certainly be looking to avoid being humiliated in front of their fans.
Despite playing in a neutral venue in Cameroon, a few CAR fans are expected to make their way to the stadium to support their national team.
Bafana understand that this game is more like a final for them, as football fans back home are expecting the national team to be in the next Fifa World Cup having successfully hosted the 2010 edition.
This will be Gordon Igesund’s first away game in charge of the Bafana squad in the qualifying matches, and although he opened his account with a win against CAR in Cape Town back in March, he knows very well that he will have to come up with a better strategy to defeat their opponents.
Bafana will be missing a few of their players who played a key role in the first leg. Thabo Matlaba and Kagisho Dikgacoi are amongst the players who failed to make the trip to Cameroon due to injuries.
The outcome of this crucial encounter will definitely be decided in the middle of the park where Dean Furman and Reneilwe Letsholonyane are expected to be operating.
However, the Bafana duo will have to get past CAR’s Manasse Enza-Yamissi and Fracklin Anzite who were superb in the first leg.
Bafana will go into Saturday’s match second in the Group A standings with five points from three games, while CAR are two points behind Bafana from three games.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bafana are unbeaten in their last three qualifying matches. They have drawn two and won one.
- CAR are yet to lose at home despite their terrible form away from home. They managed to beat Botswana 2-0 at home.
- In head-to-head stats, Bafana and CAR met once in Cape Town in a match that ended 2-0 in favour of the South African national team.
- CAR national team is nicknamed Les Fauves, which simply means the Wild Beasts
- CAR have never been to a single Afcon tournament while Bafana have been to seven Afcon tournaments since 1996.
Top 3 Predictions
Central African Republic 1-2 South Africa
- 29.17 %
Central African Republic 0-2 South Africa
- 16.67 %
Central African Republic 0-3 South Africa
- 12.5 %
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) (WCQA)||08 Jun 2013||Central African Republic 0 - South Africa 3|
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) (WCQA)||23 Mar 2013||South Africa 2 - Central African Republic 0|
|Central African Republic|
|07 Sep 2013||Central African Republic 1 - Ethiopia 2||WCQA|
|15 Jun 2013||Botswana 3 - Central African Republic 2||WCQA|
|08 Jun 2013||Central African Republic 0 - South Africa 3||WCQA|
|23 Mar 2013||South Africa 2 - Central African Republic 0||WCQA|
|14 Oct 2012||Burkina Faso 3 - Central African Republic 1||ACN|
|35||Eloge Enza Yamissi||Defender|
|16||Itumeleng Isaac Khune||Goalkeeper|
|-||Eric Molomowanadou Mathoho|
|-||May Siphiwe Mahlangu|
|8||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala||Midfielder|
|17||Bernard Melvin Parker||Striker|
|-||Tokelo Anthony Rantie||Striker|
|-||Tefu Junaid Mashamaite||Defender|
|-||Tlou Mashedi Segolela|