South Africa coach Mosimane: The country deserves a victory

The man in charge of Bafana Bafana believes that his players will be able to provide supporters with joy in their encounters against fellow African opposition
South Africa head coach Pitso Mosimane has spoken ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, and says that winning is more important than playing well.

Bafana play qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana, as well as a friendly international match against Gabon.

The match against Ethiopia will take place on Sunday, June 3, at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

Mosimane says he is concerned about Ethiopia's "stubborn defence", but says Bafana's recent experience against similar teams should count in their favour.

"Ethiopia is a very and stubborn team that doesn't give up and give in to pressure," Mosimane said to reporters.

"They have a very quick team up front and a very compact defence, but we think we have the ammunition and the players to unlock this ultra-defensive approach.

"We have played against such defences against the Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone recently and we managed to unlock them at particular times. We hope the experience of those two matches will help to us unlock the Ethiopian defence."

Mosimane says that what he wants – and what South Africa deserves – is a win, and he insists "playing well" is not of paramount importance.

"It is important to win the game at all costs – at this point in time the key is to win the game and not focus on playing very well. The country deserves a win."

The following week Bafana travel to Gaborone for a clash against Botswana on Saturday, June 9.

Bafana Bafana will assemble on Monday, 21 May at the Southern Sun Hotel at the OR Tambo International Airport at midday, before departing for the Royal Marang Sports Complex after lunch, where they will hold camp.

The team will head for Botswana by road on Thursday, June 7, and return on Sunday, June 10, to begin preparations for the match against Gabon.