Dino psyched for Burkina Faso test
Posted: 4 October 2017 Time: 19:45
Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu says it would be useless for the team to play against Burkina Faso if they did not believe they can still qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
Bafana’s chances of booking a spot in Russia are slim, after their back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde last month and Fifa’s decision to have them replay their qualifier against Senegal.
Stuart Baxter's side will go into the clash with Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium on Saturday with just one point in three matches, so there’s no room for error.
Ndlovu has been doing well at club level for his Azerbaijan club Qarabag and is gaining valuable experience in the Uefa Champions League.
With Tokelo Rantie left out of the squad, the former Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United forward could get a chance to start on Saturday.
“I will give it to the coach to decide who starts but it’s always an honour to don the jersey of Bafana Bafana. If we did not believe we can make it to Russia, it’s useless to be playing this game this weekend,” said Ndlovu, who says he is coming into the national team at an ideal time, despite the pressure for the team to perform.
“I believe so much in God and God gives the toughest tasks to his soldiers. If you are a footballer, you always need to be under pressure. If you are not, then it means you are in a comfort zone. For me to be called in this type of situation is an ideal time to come into the national team.”
A big concern leading up to the game is that Bafana will not have many supporters at the stadium on match day.
“Even if it’s not full, I know South African people love Bafana Bafana. Even if they can sulk and sit at home, they will switch on the TV and watch the game. Hopefully we can get a positive result.”