Bafana coach Ntseki promises a memorable Friday night in Durban

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Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and his team-mates take on São Tomé and Príncipe in Durban on Friday nightpicture: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images
Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and his team-mates take on São Tomé and Príncipe in Durban on Friday nightpicture: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

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Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki believes his players are in a good frame of mind going into their Afcon qualifier against São Tomé and Príncipe on Friday night.

And he says maximum points is what they are gunning for.

Following the late arrival of midfielder Bongani Zungu in camp, Ntseki has all the players at his disposal to select a full strength starting line-up.

“The preparations have been going very well and the players are really looking forward to the match and the interest from everyone is amazing. The guys want to do well for the country and for themselves and that is a positive sign,’’ said Ntseki, ahead of the Group C encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

But he warned that the team were well aware of possible pitfalls and the last thing would be to underestimate the islanders.

“We have prepared well mentally, physically and tactically and we want to take maximum points from these two games. We will be in a position to execute our play,” he added.

The preparations have been going very well and the players are really looking forward to the match and the interest from everyone is amazing. The guys want to do well for the country and for themselves and that is a positive sign
Molefi Ntseki

Bafana lost their opening game 2-0 away to Ghana but picked up maximum points against Sudan last November.

South Africa are second in Group C – six points adrift of leaders Ghana – while São Tomé remain without a win after two matches.

The Black Stars of Ghana beat Sudan 2-0 on Thursday to remain top of the table.

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Ntseki said Bafana will only strategise for the second leg after the opening clash in Durban.

Bafana will leave the KwaZulu-Natal coastal city for Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. They will have a late training session on the same day before wrapping up preparations on Sunday.

Friday’s encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium kicks off at 9pm, while the Monday fixture starts at 3pm. Both matches will be beamed live on SABC 1. – Safa.net


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