The men’s senior national team are in action on home soil for the first time in their 2019 Nations Cup qualifying campaign, where they will host their Group E opponents at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Having beaten Nigeria away from home in their opening qualifier, Bartlett, who scored 28 goals in his 74 matches for South Africa between 1996 and 2005, highlighted the importance of winning the home encounters, something the side failed to do in the World Cup qualifiers which led to their ultimate demise.
“We had a good start, beating Nigeria away,” he tells KickOff.com. “Now we’ve got a home game, and I believe that if you want to win a league title or qualify for any tournament, you’ve got to win your home games. And that’s where, as far as the World Cup qualifiers were concerned, we let ourselves down. So hopefully we can change that this week.”
South Africa have never faced Libya since readmission to international football in 1992, yet Bartlett insists the focus should not be on the opponents, but on themselves ahead of Saturday’s clash.
“As much as we don’t know about Libya, we have to play to our strengths, especially at home,” he says. “We have to put them to the slaughter because you never know what you are going to get or what to expect on away trips.”
Kick-off is set for 15h00, with both the SABC and SuperSport confirming that the game will be televised on both channels.