Thulani 'Tyson' Hlatshwayo takes Bafana loss against Cape Verde in World Cup qualifier on the chin
Posted: 4 September 2017 Time: 18:45
Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo says the team only have themselves to blame for the 2-1 loss to Cape Verde in Praia on Friday.
Bafana opened the scoring through Tokelo Rantie but were undone by a brace from Nuno Rocha at Estadio Nacional.
Stuart Baxter's side are now third in Group D with four points from three matches - a point shy of leaders Burkina Faso, level with Senegal, and a point ahead of Cape Verde.
“Everything is possible in football,” said Hlatshwayo. “We have ourselves to blame for what happened in Praia. We made life difficult for ourselves by making avoidable human errors but that is football. Had we won that match, we could have taken total grip of the group.”
The Bidvest Wits skipper is determined to make the nation proud in their remaining three qualifiers.
He added: “It has been long since we last qualified for the FIFA World Cup and if we do so, it will give a nation a massive lift.”
South Africa will host the return duel at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday night (19h00).
Baxter says his men know what is expected of them in Durban and in their rematches with Burkina Faso (home) and Senegal (away).
“Somehow, we all felt deflated by that result but the following day we were thrown a huge lifeline with Burkina Faso and Senegal playing to a goalless draw.
“Now, we are aware of what is expected of us on Tuesday. In football, there are strange twists and turns but you don’t want to leave it to fate. As things stand, the destiny remains in our hands.”
Baxter is buoyed by the availability of playmaker Thulani Serero, but centre-back Erick Mathoho is suspended following his dismissal against the Blue Sharks.