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Matthew Booth backs Bafana Bafana to pick up six points in back-to-back clashes against Seychelles

17:09 GMT+3 11/10/2018
Matthew Booth, May 2017
The former Bafana Bafana star backs the national team to beat the Islanders in back-to-back matches

Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth says coach Stuart Baxter's men have an opportunity to impress against Seychelles on Saturday afternoon.

The retired defender spoke to Goal on Thursday and explained that while Bafana may be favourites going into the game, Seychelles cannot be underestimated.  

“Look, as an ex-footballer you can't say a certain match is a walkover before it is played, and as a fan of Bafana Bafana, I don't want to say that either,” Booth told Goal.

“We have to respect the opposition. I think this is a chance for Bafana to win because we are at home,” he explained.

“This is an opportunity to do everything right in terms of creating chances, converting them against a so-called small nation and this is also a chance to also get their confidence back,” said Booth.

With coach Baxter facing a selection headache following injuries to the likes of Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thapelo Morena and Vincent Pule, who have all since been withdrawn, the former centre-back believes the coach has to make the right decision because there is talent in his squad.

“Look, for me (Thembinkosi) Lorch is a wide player and I think if the coach needs Vilakazi's replacement, (Lebohang) Maboe can do the job because they are similar,” continued the Cape Town-born legend.

“I think he has an eye for goal and can do the job, but it depends on the coach and how he has prepared his team in terms of tactics,” he said.

The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits defender also touched on the importance of taking the third Group E qualifier to the FNB Stadium.

“Yes, it's a good idea taking the match to the FNB and I don't think it's a case of being unlucky in Durban, but when you play at home you must do well no matter who you are playing against,” he urged.

“For instance against Libya, I think going to Durban was not a good idea because they are kind of used to playing along the coast and I would have liked to see the match played somewhere in Highveld,” he noted.

“Sometimes it's all about being psychological about things, but I see a win for Bafana on Saturday and six points out of the two matches,” said the former Ajax Cape Town player.

“Yes Shaun (Bartlett) is there and he can help the guys a lot, but it also depends on the selection. The guys need to calm down in the box and be ready to convert when chances present themselves,” he reacted.

“We need to have composure in the box and I am confident there will be goals,” he concluded.