Ahead of the Bafana Bafana’s final Group G match in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ghana, here are five talking points as South Africa prepare for their clash at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
South Africa will head into this clash sitting at the summit of the Group G standings with 13 points, while Ghana sits three points behind them in second place on 10 points after five matches.
1) Bafana need a win or draw
Hugo Broos’ side chances of qualifying for the third round as the Group G winners will depend on them either walking away with a win or playing out to a draw, where they will play one of the other nine group winners on a home or away basis.
But if Ghana wins, both teams will end on the same number of points which would mean that the black Stars finish top of the group above South Africa on goal difference.
2) Can Bafana make it five wins in a row
Bafana are in some form at the moment and managed to secure their fourth consecutive victories following their narrow 1-0 win over Zimbabwe at the FNB Stadium on Thursday evening through a decisive goal from Teboho Mokwena.
South African will be aiming to make it five wins in six matches in the qualifiers while also doing the double over the Black Stars of Hana having already beaten them in the first leg at the FNB Stadium on 6 September courtesy of a late goal from Bongokuhle Hlongwane.
3) Broos demands more from “soft” Bafana
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos was disappointed by his side’s performance against Zimbabwe, despite claiming a crucial win and is expecting Bafana to produce an improved performance when they face the Black Stars.
However, the Bafana mentor insists that they will not go into this clash with a defensive mindset but will instead give Ghana a run for their money as they look to fight to secure their spot in the third and final round of qualifying.
“I’m happy with the result but not with the performance, we didn’t do a very good performance today, the opponent was more aggressive than us,” Broos said.
“They were better on the ball, we were a little bit soft today, I don’t know why, lucky for us it was 1-0 and they didn’t score because they had chances also, so I can’t be happy with the performance today.
“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.”
4) Dolly continue to impress on Bafana return
Kaizer Chiefs attacker Keagan Dolly continued his club form in the national team and he has further stressed the fact that he deserves a place in the national team setup after creating numerous scoring chances, while also setting up the assists for Mokoena to slot home the winner for South Africa.
The 28-year-old’s experience previously playing for Bafana will come in handy and play a vital part in getting South Africa over the line against Ghana.
5) Ghana a formidable force at home
The Black Stars have only conceded one defeat in the qualifiers away to South Africa in the first leg but heading into the return leg on Sunday, Ghana are confident of claiming the win and all three points as they are yet to drop any points on home soil, having claimed two wins at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium against Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
Milovan Rajevac’s will prove a difficult task for Broos’ chargers to overcome especially having the home ground advantage in their final and crucial Group G qualifier.