What Bafana needs

2013-09-01 10:00

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Daniel Mothowagae highlights key aspects Igesund should consider for the qualifier

The squad


Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates) and Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)


Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers, England), Tsepo Masilela (Chiefs), Siyanda Xulu (FC Rostov, Russia), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria) and Thabo Matlaba (Pirates)


Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England), Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane (both Chiefs), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Daine Klate (all Pirates), Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle, Holland), Bongani Zungu (Sundowns) and Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland)


Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth, England), Bernard Parker (Chiefs) and Kermit Erasmus (Pirates)

Use inside information

1. Igesund and his technical staff should have figured out the strengths and weaknesses of Botswana’s key players, who are mostly based in South Africa.

Bafana defender Thabo Nthethe is also a club-mate of Botswana winger Joel Mogorosi at Bloemfontein Celtic. Thuso Phala can also share his knowledge of the game of Platinum Stars striker Mogakolodi Ngele who was his team-mate at the Bafokeng-owned club not long ago.

Ofentse Nato of Mpumalanga Black Aces is also not to be ignored, particularly as he scored in the 1-1 draw between the two nations in June last year.

The trio of Phenyo Mongala, Jerome Ramatlhakwane and Dirang Moloi – who all play for CS Don Bosco in the Democratic Republic of Congo – also plied their trade in the Premier Soccer League previously.

Lack of action

2. Botswana have been idle since their 2-1 Cosafa Cup win over Kenya on July 11.

They failed to secure practice matches during the last Fifa date two weeks ago after Angola turned down their match request.

Stanley Tshosane’s side were due to host Uganda in Gaborone yesterday and Malawi on Tuesday as their build-up to Saturday’s fixture. This poses a risk for the coach to engage in serious matches so close to the game.

Exploit the porous Zebras defence

3. Botswana concede as much as they score. They let in five goals in their last two qualifiers – a 3-0 loss to Ethiopia and a 3-2 win over CAR.

Fifa has since awarded them a 3-0 victory over Ethiopia after theWalya Antelopes were found guilty of fielding a suspended player in Lobatse in June.

Cut out the supply

4. The Zebras are prolific scorers. They hammered in three goals in their last qualifier in June, a 3-2 win over Central African Republic (CAR). They also scored three against Lesotho in the Cosafa Cup last month.

Ramatlhakwane remains Botswana’s dangerous player, largely because of his mobility and a knack for goals. He scored a hat-trick against Lesotho and he was the top scorer during the 2010 qualifiers.

Botswana’s midfield is made up ofspeedy players – Mongala, Ngele, Mogorosi and Celtic transfer target Jackie Mothathego. All four are capable goal scorers.

Hope for a miracle

5. Bafana must win this tie and hope that bottom-placed CAR beat leaders Ethiopia to proceed to the next round of the qualifiers.

A win for Botswana means they can also proceed if Ethiopia do not win against CAR, who are already out of contention.

Also worth knowing

6. Group winners – across the 10 groups – will advance to the third and final round of qualifiers. The draw, on September 16, will see the 10 nations square up in two-legged play-offs, with the aggregate five winners going through to the Brazil World Cup.

»?Kickoff for both games is 3.30pm

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