It’s do or die for South Africa on Friday, as Bafana Bafana play to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a media address held in Polokwane, Bafana Bafana Coach Stuart Baxter says the players who have been selected to play against Senegal this Friday are equal to the task to deliver positive results.
However, Bafana go into Friday’s match with challenges, including absence of some overseas based players, the injury of Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune and Hlompho Kekana’s exit from the camp on Tuesday after an accident that claimed the life of his mother in law.
However Baxter remains hopeful of victory and says he is not stressed about the Senegalese, however, he adds that he respects them, “We treat and focus on one game at a go, right now, our focus is to win this game, then worry about the next game later.”
He further adds that players need to believe in themselves, “From the goalkeeper to the striker, it doesn’t matter who is in the poles. With or without Khune, all players are equal to the task,” he clarifies.
Friday’s game is a replay against Senegal, following a decision by FIFA to nullify the previous game in which Bafana Bafana won 2-1.
The international governing body ordered the match to be replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of influencing the match.
Bafana Bafana needs to win all their remaining games against Senegal to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia.
Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema has taken to twitter to plead with South Africans to fill up the Peter Mokaba stadium.
While MEC for Sports Arts and Culture in Limpopo, Onicca Moloi also assured Bafana that the people of Limpopo will come in numbers to fill the 45 000 seater stadium in support of the South African team. The match kicks off at 19:00