Lefa Tsutsulupa: Artificial pitch shouldn't faze Bafana Bafana against Seychelles

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The former Dube Birds skipper says Bafana must focus on booking their ticket to Cameroon, and has urged fans to rally behind the team

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Lefa Tsutsulupa says the national team must not look at what Nigeria is doing against Libya, but instead should focus on being clinical against Seychelles on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think we did well at FNB and we created a lot of chances, controlled the game and we deserved the win,” Tsustsulupa told Goal.

Speaking about the fact that an artificial pitch brings about different challenges when it comes to the bounce of the ball, the ex-Moroka Swallows skipper believes that the South Africans will not have issues in Seychelles.

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“I think the guys are more experienced for such situations because most of them play indoor soccer privately. I don't think it will be a challenge for them, but the only external factor is the bounce of the ball,” he added.

“It bounces much higher on artificial pitch, apart from that, they don't have to worry and I am sure they will adjust to the conditions,” he explained.

“I think it will take them 10-15 minutes to settle down and get down to business, but I am also worried about the temperature in terms of kick-off times. An artificial can be hot because it is plastic,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tsutsulupa also added that the 1996 African champions must not focus too much on what the Super Eagles are doing in their matches, but to focus on beating the Islanders and book a spot in Cameroon next year.

Despite starting their Group E assignments with a 2-0 loss to Bafana, Nigeria are gaining momentum and are now second after beating Libya and the Pirates.

In addition, this means Bafana must bag their third win to remain at the summit with 10 points as they now lead Nigeria by just a single point.

“I think every point will matter now and they must not look at what Nigeria is doing or not doing,” continued the Ladybrand-born legend.

“The business is to get the full three points against Seychelles and the crucial thing for us is to qualify for Cameroon next year,” he urged.

“I am sure Seychelles will want to show us their true colours at home and that is why we need to focus and continue where we left off on Saturday,” noted the former Bloemfontein Celtic star.

“We need to be more deadly on Tuesday and our mission is non-negotiable, we need to qualify for Cameroon,” stressed Tsutsulupa.

“I also think that the mission to qualify is achievable and we need to get rid of negative mentality and ensure the boys feel our love,” he urged.

“We need to lend a helping hand where we can and ensure they reach the tournament because it's been a while. From the supporters, Safa and everyone, we must support the team and have all the positive vibes and the guys will perform on the field of play,” he reacted.

“The whole continent had packed stadiums this past weekend and sadly, our FNB was empty, we need to market our games better in my opinion,” he said.

“I remember the days of Louis Tshakoane, he used to market the game and you would miss everything and go to the stadium – I think we need such people who can bring back that hype and bring more numbers especially for the national team,” he concluded.

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