Ghana challenge issued to Bafana

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Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper John Tlale says Sudan have done South Africa a huge favour by beating Ghana in their latest AFCON qualifier.

Some believe Sudan's 1-0 win on Tuesday night has made things more difficult for Bafana as it throws Group C wide open, with Molefi Ntseki's side still to travel that side.

But Tlale believes the fact the result has prevented Ghana from opening a three-point gap at the top is a good thing.

Ghana and South Africa are currently on top of the group with nine points each, while Sudan are in third position with six points.

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Tlale says Bafana should learn to fight their own battles and stop relying on other teams every time they have to qualify for a tournament.

"Ya but we are still number two with the same points, I think it was a good result for us you know," Tlale tells

"Sudan has done us a huge favour because all that we need to do now is to make sure we get three points from Ghana, then it's done. All I'm saying is it's going to be good for us to be on top of the group you understand.

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"All that we need to do, we don't need to expect much favours because now they've done us a favour, all we need to do is to take it upon ourselves. It's just a test for the players to show character in this tournament," Tlale says.

"The advice I can give to the players is that they must win their games now you see because Sudan have got six points. So they might win their remaining games and then put us under pressure.

"But all I'm saying is, let's beat Ghana ourselves. We mustn't rely too much on the favours you know all the time, we must do things ourselves.

"If we want to go there and compete and show our best, then we have to beat these countries that we are playing against now."

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