Bafana Bafana’s slow start to their AFCON 2022 qualifying campaign is expected to roar into fifth gear on Friday.
The national team are second in Group C but now find themselves six points behind Ghana, who secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sudan on Thursday evening.
That said, Bafana Bafana will be looking to concentrate on what they can control starting against the Falcons and True Parrots Team.
Coach Molefi Ntseki has called up a number of experienced players with somewhat controversial Bongani Zungu, now at Rangers in Scotland, and overseas based Dean Furman both in the mix.
“We have prepared well mentally, physically and tactically and we want to take maximum points in these two games. We will be in a position to execute our play, come Friday,” said the coach.
Nothing less than six points from the home and away leg will be tolerated by the country’s fans although Ntseki is playing down that kind of talk.
‘’We can only strategize for Monday’s game after the first one. Let us all go there and enjoy ourselves and support the team with the hope that everything will go according to plan.’’
Part of the plan will rest at the feet of Percy Tau, who continues to add to his growing reputation in Belgium. He has two goals in his last four matches under the watchful eye of Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.
Tau combined with Kermit Erasmus and Keagan Dolly could spark goals and a comfortable win for the hosts.
Friday’s match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium kicks off at 9pm and will be screened live on SABC 1.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals at 1.37