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Bafana Bafana captain Mario Booysen hoping to provide a good selection headache

Posted: 22 July 2017 Time: 09:15

Bafana Bafana captain Mario Booysen believes the players in the current national team squad can give coach Stuart Baxter a good selection headache.

Baxter has opted for a mix of youth with a dash of experience for the 2018 CHAN qualifiers and the chosen crop of players turned in a good performance in the first leg of their tie with Botswana.

Holding a 2-0 lead, Bafana Bafana face the Zebras in the second leg today at the Moruleng Stadium. 

“The way the boys applied themselves in Botswana, the attitude was right,” Booysen said. “Now coming to this game again it’s all about the attitude, we really want to do well and go through to the next round.

"The confidence is very high among the players in camp, we must just go out there and stick to our game plan again.

“Most of the boys are looking forward to the game, and we want to see if we can’t proceed to the next round and even go on to qualify for the tournament.”

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Booysen feels that more quality performances from himself and his compatriots during the qualifiers could put them in the reckoning for selection for more competitive matches.

"It's an opportunity for us to represent the country and whenever we put on the jersey we want to do well. As much as we want to knock on the door, it's about making the coutry proud," he said. 

"Individually you want to do well because then you can start setting yourself goals because if the team is winning and doing well it is going to give the coach a headache and he is going to start looking at us."

The winner of the tie between South Africa and Botswana will determine who faces the victors in the clash between Zambia and Swaziland in the third and final round.

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