Bafana Bafana are taking on highly unpredictable Ethiopia at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Saturday looking to maintain their top spot in Group G and further improve their chances of making it to the final stage of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualification.
To achieve their mission of returning home with all the three points on offer and tightening their grip on top spot in the group, coach Hugo Broos will know better that anyone that they must produce a spirited performance on what is expected to be hostile conditions.
To do the job, Broos is going to rely on key players like captain Ronwen Willians, defender Siyanda Xulu, key midfielders Mothoi Mvala and Teboho Mokoena and attackers Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Evidence Makgopa.
South Africa VS Ethiopia
Both teams go into round three of this World Cup qualifiers with Group G still very much wide open but advantage with South Africa who went top of the log following their last gasp 1-0 win over Ghana last month in Johannesburg.
Ethiopia, who have three points from one win and one loss, knows very well that defeat to Bafana Bafana at home will seriously hurt their chances of progressing to the final stage of this qualification process that is beginning to take shape.
A win will possibly see them go top of the group, depending on the result and score line of the match between Zimbabwe and Ghana in Harare on Saturday where bottom of the log Warriors could be eliminated from the running.
For Bafana, an away win against this respectable Ethiopia side will be a massive morale boost considering that they host them at FNB Stadium on Tuesday where a limited number of fans may be allowed to create an intimidating atmosphere.
Pick: South Africa Wins by 1.75 at BetXChange