With Bafana Bafana taking on Ethiopia in their third Fifa World Cup qualifier on Saturday, we look at three players who could extend South Africa’s lead at the top of the Group G standings.
The South African national team got their qualifying campaign off to a positive start with a goalless draw away to Zimbabwe and a 1-0 home win over Ghana to top the group after two games.
Bafana will travel to the Bahir Dar Stadium when they take on Ethiopia in the first match on Saturday before travelling to the FNB Stadium for the return leg on Tuesday.
Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United):
The SuperSport midfielder has been ever-present in Hugo Broos’ squad and has played a key role in helping the team to the top of the Group G standings with the versatility to play in a number of positions on the pitch.
Mokoena has became somewhat one of the senior players in the squad despite only being 24, he has been instrumental in the team playing as a box-to-box midfielder, chipping in with his defensive duties as well as on an attacking from, after helping Bafana keep two clean sheets in their first two games and producing an assisted for Bongukuhle Hlongwane, who netted the winning goal in Bafana’s 1-0 win over Ghana to sent them top of Group G.
Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy):
The highly-rated midfielder has had a meteorite rise in breaking into the Bafana Bafana squad and has gone from playing for amateur side Panorama FC to TS Galaxy to representing South Africa at a senior level. Brooks first broke into the national team setup when he featured in the COSAFA Cup before playing a starring role in their 1-0 victory over Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers.
Still only 20, Brooks has made his presence felt with his impressive performance for club and country but the diminutive midfielder has already set a target of claiming six points from their back-to-back qualifying fixtures against Ethiopia.
Victor Letsoalo (Royla AM):
The 28-year-old has had a fairytale start to the campaign and has spearheaded Royal AM success thus far. Letsoalo cannot stop scoring with five goals to his name and is currently joint top of the DStv Premiership top scorer charts alongside Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile with five goals apiece after scoring in each of his last four appearances.
The striker is in the form of his life at the moment and has forced his way into the national team on the back of his red-hot form for his club. Letsoalo could prove to be a vital asset for Bafana with the hope of replicating the same form in Bafana’s World Cup qualifiers.