Bafana Bafana will be looking to make it two wins from two when they host Ethopia in what is fast becoming a pivotal World Cup 2022 qualifier.
The national team sit on top of Group G – albeit by a point from Ghana’s Black Stars – thanks to a 3-1 win away on the weekend against Ethopia. It wasn’t a perfect display by any means with the third goal coming in stoppage time and goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams make a number of key saves in the first half.
“It was a very difficult game on a very difficult pitch,” said Hugo Broos after watching his side earn a crucial win on Saturday.
“I told the players before the game, ‘we don’t need a trophy for the best football playing team, but we need the trophy today with the team with the most character’.
“We showed the character. We showed the mentality. We went down, and we fought for every ball, and we won at last. It was a great win.”
Strikes from Mvala Mothobi, Teboho Mokoena and Evidence Makgopa have set up Tuesday’s match at the FNB Stadium (6pm) beautifully.
Arguably the biggest talking point will be the return of fans with 2,000 vaccinated supporters able to watch the match live – the first time since March 2020 that fans will be in attendance at any sporting fixture in the country.
South Africa’s next World Cup qualifier comes in November when they host neighbours Zimbabwe on the 11th and then travel to face the Black Stars on the 14th. Hopefully, a win for Bafana Bafana on Tuesday will make those games a lot less nervy.
The 10 group winners in qualifying on the continent will be drawn into 5 matches played home and away for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.