Furman embraces Bafana stakes

Bafana must beat the Senegalese tomorrow and in the return duel in Dakar on Tuesday to book their spot at Russia 2018.

Furman said: “There has been a good buzz in the camp during the week and in any case in most cases Bafana Bafana rises to the occasion in such big matches. If we execute our game plan according to our full potential, we should beat Senegal. We have proven it in the past that we can beat anyone.

“We always respond in big games like these. These are the top end of any big game. These are the games which have been in our minds for some time. These are the games to show up.

“The stakes are high and we will give everything. At times emotions run high when we play in these big games but we must maintain our discipline.”

Bafana have endured their fair share of drama this week with Thulani Serero snubbing a call-up and Hlompho Kekana suffering a family tragedy. Skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo also looks like he will miss the upcoming clash in Polokwane through injury, while star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is doubtful with a facial fracture.

Coach Stuart Baxter, however, insists the team is in good spirits.

“The players have worked really well; there has not been any shred of tension within the team. The team has really been in good space,” said the Brit.

He added: “Drama is good for everyone, even you members of the media. The only person who doesn’t enjoy drama is myself.”