Gordon Igesund targeting victory above all else

Igesund believes that South Africa will need maximum points from their next two games in order to qualify for the next stage of qualification to the 2014 Fifa World Cup
South Africa returned to training on Monday in preparation for their crunch clash against Ethiopia next week, which Gordon Igesund believes to be a must-win game for Bafana Bafana.

Two matches remain in the group stages of World Cup qualification, with Ethiopia holding a slim two point advantage over South Africa in the group standings. CAR and Botswana cannot qualify following their losses this weekend and will also meet on Sunday. 

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The National Stadium will be the host of Sunday's match and Gordon Igesund believes that South Africa have an advantage as their destiny is currently in their own hands.

“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," said Igesund.

"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.”

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Igesund is seeking to devise a perfect game plan for Ethiopia and believes that an attack-minded game will be his side's strategy on Sunday.

“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.

Meanwhile, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Anele Ngcongca were rested from training on Monday. Igesund has stated that they have suffered slight injuries and will return to training on Tuesday.

“The boys are fine, we just didn’t want to take chances and have them train when resting would serve them better. Letsholonyane has a minor groin strain while Anele is suffering from slight thigh muscles. Tomorrow they will train with the rest of the team,” Igesund said.

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