After beating the Central African Republic 2-0, Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has already set his sights on Brazil.
So confident is Igesund of qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil that he plans to send a delegate to check facilities in South America. This, he said, was to avoid a last-minute rush when the team qualified.
“We need to be pro-active and go see where we can set up a camp there. I see some people are laughing but we don’t want to be caught napping,” said Igesund.
But there is still a long way to go before Bafana could book their place in the 2014 finals. They first need to top their group before going into the third round of the qualifiers against the other nine group winners, where they will play home and away fixtures to determine the best five African countries.
Bafana registered a 2-0 victory over CAR through Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Parker’s goals to get their qualifying campaign back on track after drawing their opening rounds last year.
Bafana’s victory meant they went to the top of Group A on five points, followed by Ethiopia on four and CAR on three.
But Ethiopia’s victory over visiting Botswana today will see them going back on top.
Igesund was a relieved man after Bafana’s convincing display in which they could have easily scored half a dozen of goals.
“The good thing is that we are creating chances and on another day we would have scored more. Sometimes players get excited in front of goals and this is something we need to work on.”
He was, however, pleased with how the players responded to his coaching philosophy, although he acknowledged there was still a long way to go.
“We needed this victory very much and whether we missed chances or not, it does not matter. The most important thing is the three points.”
He said he was going to plot CAR’s downfall in the return leg in June.
“We know it won’t be easy away and for that we need to get our preparations spot on. They will do everything to unsettle us but I am confident we can go there and still get results.”
He said one of his options would be to set up a camp in Saudi Arabia before games against CAR and Ethiopia.