Kaizer backs Bafana to show mettle


Bafana are sweating over the availability of star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo due to injuries, while they have been rocked by Thulani Serero's selection snub and the exit from camp of Hlompho Kekana due to a family tragedy.

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Midfielder Bongani Zungu is also suspended for tonight's clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium but will be available for the return duel in Dakar on Tuesday.

Motaung suspects Stuart Baxter's men, who must win both games against the Group D leaders to qualify for the World Cup, may yet emerge stronger from a trying week.

“The squad experienced some challenges at the beginning of the camp this week,” Motaung told his club's website.

“I am glad to see that all is right now. All the players are there and the preparations are in full swing. In fact, looking at the way things are shaping up, there is light at the end of the tunnel – having to overcome challenges can shoot a team to victory.

“Positivity should carry us through to win these two matches. Senegal is a great team though. Their star player is Sadio Mane, who showcases his immense talent for Liverpool in England. I was happy to hear coach Baxter commenting that they will not focus on an individual player, but rather on their own strategy, tactics and strengths.

“There’s a lot at stake in this match. Remember we have tasted hosting the World Cup in 2010. We also participated in the 1998 World Cup in France as well as the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. The World Cup is a big stage for every football nation. Its impact on the nation is immeasurable. I have a firm belief that with the right frame of mind and determination, the guys will win this match.

“I wish the team once more the very best. Let us unite in supporting the team on Friday.”

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