Bafana Bafana takes on Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday night with full knowledge that a win or a draw will be enough to take them to the final stage of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Bafana will be boosted by the fact that they have already beat the Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 in the first leg in Johannesburg and they go into this match on the back of four qualifying wins where they conceded only one goal.
On the other hand, Ghana, who dropped two crucial points in the away draw with Ethiopia on this week at Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg, need a win at all costs to progress to the final stage of the qualifiers.
Ghana’s 1-1 draw against Ethiopia on Thursday afternoon and SA’s later win over Zimbabwe left Bafana (13 points, +5 goal difference) with a three-point lead of Group G over the second-placed Black Stars (10 points, +3 difference).
If Ghana wins by a single-goal margin on Sunday they will go up to a +4 difference, and SA down to +4 (both on 13 points) and the next criterion is most goals scored in the group.
Currently both Bafana and Ghana have six, so the Black Stars would improve by one with a win and would progress.
Ghana VS South Africa
To get the much needed win, Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is once again going to rely on senior players like captain Ronwen Williams, his assistant Percy Tau, returning attacker Keagan Dolly and Rushine de Reuck.
Striker Evidence Makgopa is an injury doubt but he is expected to respond well to treatment to take his place in the attack where he is expected to be supported by the likes of Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Tau and Dolly.
In the midfield, Broos is going to rely heavily on Teboho Mokoena while De Reuck and Njabulo Ngcobo will be deployed at the centre of the defence while Nyoko Mobbie and Terrence Mashego will be at fullback.
The Black Stars are not going to be easy to beat at home and coach Milovan Rajevac will draw on the valuable experience of the Andre and Jordan Ayew, Abdul Rahman Baba, Richmond Boakye and Daniel Amartey.
After they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia on Thursday, Milovan Rajevac made it clear that the match against Bafana Bafana on Sunday night will be like a final.
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