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Bafana on course for historic World Cup qualification: Exactly what needs to happen

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Bafana Bafana's 1-0 win over Ethiopia at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night means they remain on track for their first World Cup appearance since they hosted the showpiece in 2010. 

There is, however, still a long way to go before they book their place for Qatar 2022. 

There were 40 African nations battling it out for World Cup qualification - they are split into 10 groups of four - but only five African countries can qualify. 

After home and away fixtures in each group - a total of six games each - the 10 group winners will progress to the next round of qualification. 

Those 10 teams will then be drawn into five home and away knockout fixtures, with the winners from those five matches booking their spot in Qatar. 

South Africa, after four rounds of qualifying matches, remain top of Group G with 10 points. 

Group G

South Africa - 10pts

Ghana - 9pts

Ethiopia - 3pts

Zimbabwe - 1pt

Bafana's remaining two fixtures see them host Zimbabwe before traveling to Ghana next month for what could be a qualification decider. 

If Bafana beat Zimbabwe and Ghana slip up in their fixture away to Ethiopia, however, then Bafana will progress while Ghana will be eliminated. 

South Africa have not competed at a FIFA World Cup since hosting the tournament in 2010. 

Before that, they qualified for France 1998 and South Korea & Japan 2002. In all three of those World Cup appearances, Bafana were eliminated in the group stages. 

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