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Goal speaks with former Bafana striker Nkosinathi Nhleko about the impression left by Bafana in their last game against CAR

Former Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs striker Nkosinathi Nhleko has told Goal that the entire country must be proud of the Bafana performance against CAR this past weekend.

Bafana recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over CAR in Cameroon, and Nhleko says the nation is confident that Bafana will qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

“A win against CAR boosted the players’ confidence and the entire nation has got belief that we can go all the way and eventually qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” Nhleko told Goal.

Nhleko, who was part of the Bafana squad that took part in the 2004 Afcon, believes that the players should not focus on the incidents that occur off the field.

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He added that the current Bafana players must look up to the older generation that survived those conditions before. 

“I don’t think the conditions should somehow affect the players, because we were playing in the same conditions back in the days and we still managed to qualify. Our boys need to be mentally strong in those situations and focus on doing well in the field,” he said.

The former Jomo Cosmos striker, who scored once in his 10 appearances for Bafana between 2002 and 2006, wants Gordon Igesund to stick with the same starting eleven when Bafana take on Ethiopia next Sunday.

Nhleko believes there is no need to change the combination and the system that yielded three goals away from home.

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“I would love to see the same team that did the job against CAR. If we go to Cameroon and score three goals, then I don’t think that should be destroyed. All the players have confidence in each other. There is nothing to fix because nothing is broken,” said Nhleko.

The 33-year-old Nhleko has labelled Bafana’s upcoming game against Ethiopia as a must-win, and he believes that it will be even more difficult to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup if they don’t beat Ethiopia.

“It’s a must-win at all cost for Bafana. If we don’t win then we would make things even harder for ourselves,” concluded Nhleko.

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