Bafana Bafana a must win game tomorrow

Bafana Bafana ready for Botswana in WC qualifier South Africa will look to kick-start their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying campaign when they take on Botswana at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday, 9 June 2012. Kick-off at 15h00.
 
In their opening match, Bafana Bafana played to a one all (1-1) draw against Ethiopia on Sunday (3 June) at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg. Despite dominating possession, South Africa needed a late goal from striker Katlego Mphela and now know they have a challenge ahead of them.
Bafana Bafana completed preparations at the match venue on Friday morning (8 June). “It was not an easy week to go through, but we managed. I am happy that the mood in the camp is now back to normal the players are relaxed and focused – they also say it’s high time we start winning.

But I have learnt that sometimes you have to go through hell to understand what is happening. I think we are ready for tomorrow, we are very optimistic about our chances. The boys are looking good and should be able to withstand anything sent their way in the match,” said caretaker coach Steve Komphela.

 “But at the same time we are also aware that we are facing a team that lost its opening match, and is playing at home – so they will want to come and change their fortunes when they face us. It is not going to be an easy match, in fact it is going to be a battle which we are ready for.”
“Sometimes in football you need luck, we have been playing so well but just that luck was not our side. Maybe this time around we will have some luck…

 
We are under pressure because we haven’t won in a while, what makes matters worse is that Botswana also lost their first match so it’s going to be a very difficult match for both teams because we are both looking for wins, it’s going to be a battle, Both countries know each other very well, so it’s going to be an interesting match They have the crowd on their side but that won’t stop us from getting the three points  Botswana lost their first match by two goals to nil (2-0) against Central Africa Republic away

“We expect a tough game against South Africa. After losing to CAR we went back to the drawing board and I believe we will be up for the challenge against our neighbours. Botswana has grown over the last few years and the loss has not dampened our spirits. There are still 15 points to play for which tells you there is still a long way to go, and we can’t throw the towel in so early – that hasn’t event crossed our minds,” said Botswana assistant coach Kenneth Mogoai.
 
The good news for Komphela and his team is that Bafana Bafana have never lost a match outright to Botswana, recording four wins and two draws since their first meeting in 1993.
 
South Africa lost to Botswana in the 2006 COSAFA Cup tournament 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw.
The two countries last met in January 2008, with Bafana Bafana winning 2-1 in Durban.
 
This will be the fifth time they meet in Gaborone – though it will be the first time at the small-capacity University of Botswana Stadium.
Bafana Bafana had a surprise visitor when former captain Aaron Mokoena came to watch the team at training and gave them a motivational talk. “Just go out there and enjoy yourselves.

Turn the pressure that you are under into your favour, believe in yourselves and you will make it. You know you can do it,” said Mokoena. Meanwhile Bafana Bafana midfielder Thulani Serero pulled out of the squad’s training session due to a groin injury and will not be available for selection.

Serero returned to camp on Monday (4 June) after being given a week off following a family bereavement. SA v Botswana – previous meetings.

Bafana Bafana History Against Botswana
 
10 January, 1993
v Botswana 2-0 (Seale 58′, Moshoeu 86′)
Friendly international
National Stadium, Gaborone
 
20 February, 1999
v Botswana 2-1 (Ndlanya 36′, Phiri 39′; Selolwane 13′)
Cosafa Castle Cup first round
National Stadium, Gaborone
 
30 March, 2002
v Botswana 0-0
South Africa won 5-4 on pens
Cosafa Castle Cup first round
National Stadium, Gaborone
 
21 May, 2006
v Botswana 0-0
Botswana won 6-5 on penalties
Cosafa Castle Cup Group B final
National Stadium, Gaborone
 
29 September, 2007
v Botswana 1-0
Cosafa Castle Cup semifinal
Super Stadium, Tshwane
 
16 January 2008
v Botswana 2-1(Moon 41’, Zuma 81’)
Friendly international
King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban

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