Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki is already trying past the worldwide friendlies towards Namibia and Zambia on the Royal Bafokeng Sports activities Palace this week.
Whereas the Namibians and the Zambians are Bafana’s speedy challenges on Thursday and on Sunday afternoon respectively‚ Ntseki is already enthusiastic about subsequent month’s essential back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers towards islanders Sao Tome & Principe.
“Sure we’ve got to play nicely within the two matches (towards Namibia and Zambia)‚ however we’re really trying past the 2 matches‚” stated Ntseki.
“As a lot as these two friendlies are vital‚ (it’s the) Sao Tome match (that’s extra vital).”
The result of the conferences towards Sao Tome are essential if Bafana are to qualify for the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon‚ a match that was a part of the mandate issued to Ntseki by his South African Soccer Affiliation employers after he succeeded Briton Stuart Baxter late final 12 months.
Ntseki served as Baxter’s proper hand man when Bafana plodded alongside through the qualification programme for Afcon 2019 after failing to beat Seychelles‚ drawing Zero-Zero away from house regardless of trashing the islanders 6-Zero within the house encounter.
That left Bafana with the unenviable job of beating a a lot stronger Libya (2-1) away from house within the remaining fixture. It was largely due to Percy Tau‚ who scored the 2 targets‚ that Baxter’s workforce made it to Egypt the place they misplaced to Nigeria within the quarterfinals.
So it is sensible that Ntseki doesn’t need to undergo the identical curler coaster experience of feelings and stress he endured with Baxter final 12 months. He merely doesn’t need to undergo the identical draining drama.
Bafana have already misplaced one fixture towards Ghana of their opening 2021 Afcon qualifier however they managed to bounce again and beat Sudan 1-Zero at house to stay heading in the right direction to securing a qualifying berth to the 24-team match in West Africa.
And close to Thursday’s outing towards Namibia‚ Ntseki stated he expects a troublesome day on the workplace.
“A really robust workforce bodily‚” the Bafana coach stated.
“They play with loads of enthusiasm and motivation each time they play towards us. We’re anticipating a really robust match and I feel over the previous few days and weeks you’ve seen Namibian gamers making huge strikes (within the PSL).
“We’ve seen Peter Shalulile (striker) transferring from Highlands Park to Mamelodi Sundowns. We’ve seen Deon Hotto accompanying his captain (Thulani Hlatshwayo) from Bidvest Wits to (Orlando) Pirates.
“So you possibly can see that their gamers are actually doing nicely. Like I stated‚ they’re a hard-running workforce and that’s why we felt they’ll give us what we’re actually in search of once we speak in regards to the tactical components of the sport.
“It’s good to have robust opponents and so they did nicely towards us in Egypt (within the Afcon) with a margin of 1 purpose.
“So will probably be a really robust and attention-grabbing match that may actually assist us to arrange for Sao Tome.”
The Namibians are ranked 117th on the earth and 29th on the continent‚ and Bafana have crushed them seven instances within the earlier ten conferences.