Bafana touchdown in Mauritania

Bafana touchdown in Mauritania

Bafana Bafana has arrived safely in the capital City of Mauritania, Nouakchott. The South African national team will face Mauritania in a CAF African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday evening. It is the first time Bafana will be playing them since readmission to world football in 1992.

After a slow start in the qualifiers with a goalless draw against Gambia in Durban in June, Bafana know that nothing but a win help them be within touching distance with current log leaders Cameroon.

“We don’t know so much about them but this is a must win game for us. We got off to a draw in the first match of the qualifiers and we know how competitive these groups are as our last Afcon experience showed us, so it is important to get those three points and that’s all we will be playing for,” said Bafana midfielder Dean Furman.

The Supersport United player believes it should not matter where they play, the important thing is the result.

“I wouldn’t say we play well away, every game is different. I think our home form is something we need to work on where we need to impose ourselves and make it a difficult place for teams when they come to us.

“Before the last Afcon our away form was being questioned and these questions always throw themselves to us but we have to apply ourselves well whether we are away or home and for a win,” added Furman.

“And we have a lot of experience in the team to go with, which is very important. The more experience we have the better it is for the squad – it is good to see Itu (Khune) back and fully fit, he will be a big player for us – both on and off the pitch – and that kind of experience from playing on the continent is vital for us and can only bode well for us trying to have a successful campaign.”

His sentiments were echoed by defender Anele Ngcongca.

“All the games we play are very important, but this one on Saturday is more so because we did not do well in our first game when we played a draw against Gambia so this one is a must win to catch up with Cameroon who are top of our group,” he said.

“We have to go out there and give them the respect they deserve but not too much because we both want the same thing – three points and nothing else – so we have to use our quality to come back victorious. I believe the team is well prepared, we must go out there and deliver.”

Ngcongca has just made a move from Racing Genk in Belgium to League 1 side Troyes in France.

“I haven’t had a chance to meet my teammates, I only went there to sign and then came back to South Africa. I am really looking forward to the new challenge that awaits me there.”


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