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Ethiopa v South Africa

Bafana Bafana will be aiming to stretch their lead after the top of the Group G standings when they face Ethiopia in their next Fifa World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

South Africa go into this match having secured a goalless draw against Zimbabwe in their opening qualifier matches before claiming a narrow 1-0 victory over Ghana thanks to a 83rd minute strike from Bongokuhle Hlongwane.


Ethiopia, meanwhile, opened their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium before bouncing back to secure a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in Bahir Dar.

Read our talking points piece ahead of kick-off

The two nations are now set to square off in back-to-back fixture as Bafana first travel to the Bahir Dar Stadium for the first leg on Saturday before they welcome the same opponents to the FNB Stadium on Tuesday, which will see the return of local fans to the stadium for the first time in 18 months due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Young star Ethan Brooks is ready to make his mark.

“I’m honoured and excited to get another national call up. There are a few new players compared to the last camp, but the mood has not changed. It is upbeat and positive,” said Brooks.

“I look back at my performances and I want to contribute with goals and assists – that is what I’m looking at improving during the next World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia,” he added.

Ethiopia have a good record against Bafana as they have never lost to South Africa in their past two meetings, having played out to a 1-1 draw in 2012 before handing Bafana a 2-1 defeat in the last meeting between the two sides in 2013.

South Africa currently occupy first place in Group G and they are perfectly set up to gain six points from the ties against Ethopia , Saturday’s hosts are third in the group but are a single point behind Bafana coach Hugo Broos’ men.

The coach was furious with Orlando Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele with did not arrive at camp.

“I am not disappointed, I am very angry,” Broos said.

“I don’t understand how a player who can have a first cap for the country doesn’t even come to the camp. He didn’t call us, we don’t know why he is not coming.

“If the player doesn’t want to play for Bafana Bafana, then fine, but then he should tell me that. And I would respect that, everyone is free to decide if they want to play or not.

“But we didn’t hear nothing, we tried to reach him. I am very unhappy with conduct of a player who can be an international for his country.”

The coach though is upbeat ahead of the two clashes against Ethopia.

“What I saw in training, the behaviour of the players in the group, I am confident that we can win.

“It is just for the players to believe and they do after their performance against Ghana.

 “When you play the qualifiers, Afcon or the World Cup, matches three and four are always key matches, always.

“Those are matches that can be decisive. You can be out of the race or you can be in a very good position.

“For us if we can win those two games, Ethiopia is out of the race and then you have to see what happens in the games between Zimbabwe and Ghana.”

Bafana Bafana’s last six matches:

Matches: 6
Goals: 8
Goals per game: 1.33
Wins: 3
Draws: 3
Losses: 0

Ethiopia’s last six matches:

Matches: 6
Goals: 8
Goals per game: 1.33
Wins: 3
Draws: 1
Losses: 2

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