South Africa will take on minnow Sao Tome and Principe on Monday afternoon looking to stamp their authority on home soil.
The return leg – Bafana Bafana strolled to a 2-0 win on Friday – will be played at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and could spell trouble for the visitors in a crucial Afcon 2021 qualifier.
Percy Tau is in fine form – he scored from the penalty spot last week – in front of goals and he is also being well supported in attack by Lebogang Manyama, Keagan Dolly and Bongani Zungu, who is now expected to start after impressing off the bench.
Sao Tome and Principe were plucky at best on Friday but with coach Molefi Ntseki’s lineup having settled over the past week and enjoyed a good run out in their win, a win by a more significant margin is expected.
Unfortunately for passionate fans of Bafana, the match will not be broadcast on television when it kicks off at 3pm.
“Seems there has been a breakdown of negotiations between the broadcaster [SABC] and Sao Tome (home team) regarding televising this afternoon’s match. Since this is Sao Tome’s home game, South Africa has no say in the matter,” said the team’s communications chief.
Group C leaders Ghana face Sudan in Omdurman on Tuesday. That match kicks off at 3pm.