Cole talks tough

Cole has declared himself satisfied with his side's build-up and says that his team is full of confidence after their draw against Egypt in Cairo last month.

"We have started on an excellent note against Egypt and we hope to build on that against South Africa," Cole told SierraExpressMedia. "If we win in Freetown against South Africa nothing will stop us from reaching the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

"We defeated them in Freetown in the last qualifier, and this is a fact I am determined to maintain our 100 percent record over South Africa this Sunday.

"I watched them during the World Cup they hosted in South Africa and other competitions they have played in the past, and I know they are a very good side, but we are ready to upset them in Freetown."

Cole believes the fact that his overseas stars are on the whole part of the first-team plans of their clubs in Europe bodes well.

"The players I have invited are all actively playing for their clubs in Europe which I believe is good for me in the absence of trial matches," he says.