Bafana Bafana's 2014 World Cup qualification journey continues

The team departed on Tuesday for Cameroon and will play Central African Republic on Saturday afternoon in their first of two vital 2014 World Cup qualification matches
The South African football side left for Cameroon on Tuesday with confidence and a belief that they can beat CAR in their next 2014 World Cup qualification match on Saturday afternoon.

Defeating Lesotho 2-0 in difficult conditions in their last international has given coach Gordon Igesund an idea of what will be required in the side's next two vital matches against CAR and Ethiopia.

The team scored twice against CAR in their last encounter, securing the three points at home and a mental edge over their opponents.

However, captain Itumeleng Khune believes that the match in Cameroon will be different from their previous meeting against CAR and is urging the national side to not rest on their laurels. 

"We are well aware how difficult this match is going to be, and we can't bank on our last result hoping things will be easy. Football does not work like that," Khune told the official Safa website.

“We have to work twice as hard to ensure we get the same result as in the first match, and I believe we are up to the task."

"We are happy with the result in Lesotho because it's a huge morale booster going into this CAR encounter.

"We need to continue where we left off and continue working as hard as we always do. We would like to return to South Africa with all six points - and that is very possible."

Influential midfielder Dean Furman echoed Khune's words and wants the side to focus on one game at a time in order to achieve their ultimate goal - a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next year.

"This is a very massive game for us and the entire country. We know it’s not going to be easy but we have a strong belief that we can come back victorious. The win in CAR will set us up nicely for an even more difficult match in Ethiopia the following week, but we must take it one game at a time," said Furman.

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