Khune: Bafana-Ethiopia game almost like a final

Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune tells the Safa media that they are motivated to come back with all three points against Ethiopia

Bafana goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune says Bafana cannot back down now, as they prepare to face Ethiopia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon.

Khune added that their mission was clear from the onset that they need to return home with all six points in their two away games, and the Bafana skipper says they are on the right track after their 3-0 win over CAR.

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“This game is almost like everything. It is important to finish what we started. We will not have achieved our goals if we were to go back home with just three points, the mission is six points and fortunately we are on track. Maximum points is our target. I believe we have a great team that can beat Ethiopia in their backyard,” said Khune.

The Bafana number one seems to have studied their opponents very well and he believes that Ethiopia are a strong side.

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However, Khune has got faith in his teammates and he is hopeful that Bafana can match the Ethiopians, but he has urged them to score goals.  

“Ethiopia is a very strong side; very organised and they like to play carpet football, but I think we have equally good players that can deal with that threat.

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“We have shown great discipline and good attitude in our matches and that can go a long way in giving us results we need. We have to hit them where it hurts the most, (that is) in the back of the net,” he said.

Khune is aware that majority of the expected 25 000 spectators in Addis Ababa will be against Bafana, but says they know what to do to survive in hostile situations like these.

“They have a couple of dangerous players but we know what we need to do. We are confident even though we will have the crowd against us,” concluded Khune.

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