local soccer 8.10.2014 05:49 pm

Senzo warns of Congo onslaught

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Backpagepix

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Backpagepix

Senzo Meyiwa believes Bafana Bafana must prepare for an early Congo-Brazzaville barrage when the two sides meet in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Pointe-Noire on Saturday.

“Africa is always the same, at national team or club level. We know what to expect, in the first 15 minutes they are going to come at us to get an early goal,” said the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper this week.

“So as a team we need to be disciplined on the field from the start to the end of the game.”

Meyiwa captained Bafana in their opening two Afcon qualifiers, keeping clean sheets in both, a 3-0 win in Sudan, and a goalless draw at home to Nigeria. It is still unclear exactly who Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba will choose to wear the armband on Saturday, but he has indicated that he wants to give other players an opportunity.

If Meyiwa is captain again, however, the 27 year-old shot-stopper says he will be up for the challenge.

“I am always ready (to captain),” he said.

AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

Meyiwa’s international career has truly taken off in the last month, and he says he has been helped by the experience of going all the way to the final of the African Champions League, where he was one of the stars of the show for the Buccaneers.

“I think what happened in the Champions League boosted my confidence,” says Meyiwa.

“And I have grown from there. Coming to national team level, it is the same thing that we went through at Pirates, it is not that different.”

Congo-Brazzaville are top of Group A, two points clear of Bafana after two wins on the trot last month, and Meyiwa says that the side must be careful of the Red Devils at set pieces.

“We watched their game against Nigeria (they won 3-2 in Calabar) and they did very well, attacking on set pieces. We know what to expect, as a team we have prepared very well, the coach has been working with out defensive organisation.”

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