Denwin Farmer backs South Africa to beat Zambia at CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations
Posted: 1 December 2015 Time: 08:16
National U-23 defender Denwin Farmer is disappointed to miss out on today's crucial clash with Zambia but he backs the side to claim the three points at the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
The SuperSport United man sustained a mild concussion in a 3-1 defeat to hosts Senegal on Saturday in the tournament opener in Dakar.
Zambia also lost their first Group A game, going down 2-1 to Tunisia.
The top three finishers at the eight-team tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“It is sad for me not to contribute in the clash against Zambia,” Farmer said.
“I would have loved to play but unfortunately I haven’t recovered fully from my injury. However, I support my team fully. I have confidence that they will do well. We have great quality in the squad and I know whoever slots into my position will do a good job. We just need to play as a team and we will come out victorious.”
He added: “To be honest we did not really play bad in the first game, just that we were not composed in the box and our finishing let us down. We need to take our chances better and we will rectify it in the game against Zambia. We must go all out and make sure we do not concede, and score as many goals as possible.
“Losing is not option at all. We are well prepared and we know what we are up against so have to work on our strengths and let Zambia worry about us.”
The two nations will face off at the Leopold Senghor Stadium, with kick-off set for 17h00 South African time.