Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says if they reproduce the same approach and mentality in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde, the way they did against Nigeria recently, there is no reason why South Africa cannot come back with a positive result.
The Senior Men’s National Team take on Cape Verde twice in the space of a week, and six points could give them an advantage over the other two hopefuls in the group, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
WHEN ARE TWO THE BIG MATCHES?
The first game is on Friday, 1 September at 8:30pm SA time in Cape Verde.
Then the return game is on Tuesday, 5 September and will kick off at 7pm in South Africa.
WHAT CHANNELS CAN I WATCH THE GAME ON TV?
|Dates||Time (SA) Match 1||Time (SA) Match 2||Match||Channels|
|Sept 1 and 5||20:30||19:00||Bafana Bafana against Cape Verde||SABC 1 & SUPERSPORT 4|
WHERE ARE THESE QUALIFIERS?
Estadio Nacional (Cape Verde) and then Moses Mabhida Stadium (DBN, SA)
What coach Stuart Baxter has to say
“On paper, we are supposed to beat Cape Verde easily but I will be honest with you, this match won’t be that easy. I however, believe if we have the right approach, we should come back with all three points,” said Baxter.
The Bafana Bafana coach who announced that Supersport United defender Clayton Daniels had replaced injured Rivaldo Coetzee said he had gone for the tough tackling Daniels because the imposing defender was tough and experienced.
“I went for Daniels because I wanted someone who would hit the ground running. We are going to Cape Verde not to experiment but for a result. We need two good results in these two games and that is of paramount importance,” insisted Baxter.
The coach said the Islanders had nothing to lose in the two games apart from spoiling the party.
“They have absolutely nothing to lose but that is a side that can cause a lot of harm; they can be dangerous because they will play with freedom.
“But I honestly believe if we put all in this game, we should win.”
Bafana Bafana will have three training sessions in Cape Verde and Baxter said although the surface in the Atlantic Ocean Island was not the best of surfaces; the most important thing was for the players to gel quickly.
Baxter said midfielder Thulani Serero was said to be carrying a hamstring injury by his Holland club
SBV Vitesse but the Bafana Bafana medical team needed to asses him first to see the extent of that injury.
“If the injury needs a few days rest, he will miss the away game and will then most probably play in the second one in Durban. That is a call we have to make,” he said.
Meanwhile, defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele said Bafana Bafana were in a very good position to qualify for Russia 2018 and must take complete control of their destiny by winning the two games against Cape Verde.
“We need to consolidate our position by winning the two matches. It has been long since South Africa last qualified for the FIFA World Cup and this is one good opportunity we shouldn’t throw away,” said the tough talking defender.