Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund today declared his team ready to take on the Central African Republic in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier.
The two countries meet at the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow at 8.15pm.
After a week of drama in which the team lost two key defenders – Siyabonga Sangweni and Tsepo Masilela – to injuries, Igesund said he had no doubt he had good defensive covers.
He said he had already made up his mind who would fill the two’s gap at the back, but refused to divulge the names.
He said the new players fitted in well in the team and would make his selection job difficult.
“It has been a tough week for us, but we are determined to go out there to get the three points. We have watched their videos and we know what we can expect from them, they are a very good team. We know as much as we can about them,” said Igesund of CAR, who surprised Egypt 3-2 in Cairo last year.
But Igesund was confident of getting the three points to get Bafana back on track to qualify for Brazil.
After playing two draws in their opening fixtures Bafana are third on the table, a point behind tomorrow’s opponents and two adrift of leaders Ethiopia.
Igesund declared tomorrow’s game a must-win and said the Brazil World Cup could be the last one for most of the players.
“They know what is at stake and judging from their seriousness at training I am confident of a victory. We must keep up the momentum from the Africa Cup of Nations.”
He said winning tomorrow’s game would put pressure on other teams and this could work in Bafana’s favour.
Igesund said it would be important to kill off the game early on.
“We watched the video of our game against Mali and realised we could have won the game if we had gone for the kill when we had them on the backfoot and this is what we need to do tomorrow.”