By: Sey Mubarick
South Africa Coach Molefi Ntseki brands Ghana a respected football nation but Bafana Bafana is here to win.The head coach of the South Africa national team, Molefi Ntseki believes in the talents the Black Stars has going into the 20121 AFCON qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium, but worn his side are in Ghana to win.
Ntseki has kept faith in a number of player who participated in the last AFCON in Egypt including the three goalkeepers who were part of his previous squad, with Ricardo Goss again cracking the nod alongside Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams.
Keagan Dolly has been left out of the squad after missing the match against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge through injury.
Speaking to the media in a press conference in Cape Coast, prior to the match, Ntseki said: ” We have decided to keep the bulk of the team because they already understand what we want to do, and you will recall this will be my third camp with them – even though we did not play a match in the first one, so it was important to keep that consistency as we also don’t have too much to work on things seeing that we are playing two matches in a space of three days, which also involves significant travelling.”
We respect Ghana bcos they have talents and though they have new faces in their team, we intend to win this game.
“These are very crucial matches in that they could determine our destiny in the competition. We have to start on a good footing and avoid playing catch-up as it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on everyone – the coaching staff, players and even the fans.
“We have to make sure we start positively because winning brings about a lot of energy to the team, which makes the next assignment not easy but more manageable, but I am confident we will do well.”
Bafana Bafana will return to the South Africa on Friday, November 15 for their match against Sudan.