Bafana Bafana are gearing up for their final showdown against Ghana in their last Fifa World Cup Group G qualifier at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Hugo Broos’ side will come into this qualifier high in confidence after securing a narrow 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe at the FNB Stadium on Thursday when Keagan Dolly set up Teboho Mokwena, who scored the deciding goal of the match.
Meanwhile, Ghana were forced to settle for a point on matchday five after they played out to a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia at the Orlando Stadium when former Bidvest Wits player Getaneh Kebede did Bafana a favour by cancelling out Andre Ayew’s opener.
South Africa are yet to concede a defeat in Group G and their win over Zimbabwe sees them claim their fourth consecutive victory, having won four and drawn one game, while Ghana are unbeaten in their last three games in the group after they won three games, drawn one and suffered one defeat.
When the two side’s last met in the qualifying group stages on 6 September 2021, South Africa came out victorious after they handed the Black Stars a 1-0 defeat at the FNB Stadium through a late Bongokuhle Hlongwane goal.
Bafana currently sits at the summit of the Group G standings with 13 points after five games, while Ghana trail the log leaders by three points in second place with 10 points from five games ahead of the final Group G encounter on Sunday.
Coaches pre-match comments:
Ghana: Milovan Rajevac
“Everything will be decided on Sunday, so it is important that we win our next match with a two-goal difference if we want to qualify for the next round,” Rajevac said.
“We have to concentrate on the following game and do what it takes to win that game. This result has disrupted us, but we have to forget about it as quickly as possible because of the crucial game on Sunday.
“Even if we’d won this game, we’d still need to win the last game because the last match is the important one. We’ll be watching the game and it will be interesting to see how South Africa will be playing their match.
“They will have watched our game and that’s normal because that is how teams prepare for matches.”
Bafana Bafana: Hugo Broos
“We’re in a very good position, we’re three points ahead but in Ghana if they score three times do we qualify to the next round? So we’re happy with it,” Broos said.
“We [would] make the biggest error or biggest mistake if we are going to defend on Sunday, then you will see goals for sure. You know, one goal is nothing but a second goal, then it becomes tricky, very tricky.
“We have to, in some periods of the game, we have to make pain to Ghana also. If you are just defending you lose the game and let’s hope that we don’t lose the game with much goals.
“But, we will not do that. We have to also play our game. Okay, it’s in Ghana, it’s different but we will not only defend, not at all. It would be the biggest mistake we could make.
“We don’t have to count so much. If you start counting, it’s finished. We are three points ahead.”