Bafana Bafana captain Dean Furman says the players have moved on from the results of the previous match and are now focused on the new challenge.
“We have all watched World Cups and previous AFCON tournaments, and we just need to fully focus. If the confidence drops too low or you think too much about the last match then you won’t be ready for the next game. It is important for us to realise that we have a very crucial game. We have had a talk as a team and we are fully prepared of what’s ahead of us,” said Furman.
He adds that as players, they also feel the pressure.
“Of course there is pressure on everyone in this tournament, everyone wants to win. We know what’s at stake for us and we know that Senegal will have their own pressure but we will focus on our game. We know we have to get a victory and we are fully focused on the job that we have to do. We will be going out there for a win,” added Furman.
Bafana Bafana welcome back the duo of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Eric Mathoho who were out on suspension and missed the opening match.
“Those are two massive players for us with a lot of experience. Reneilwe has over 50 caps for Bafana Bafana. Although they were not available for the first match they helped us through the match with their knowledge. And to have them back in contention is a massive boost for us and adds to a fight for places which also gives the coaches a selection headache, something that is healthy for the team,” said Furman.
Ghana will face Algeria in the other group match at 18:00 (SA time).
SA 11 vs Algeria: 22-Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), 6-Anele Ngcongca, 11-Thabo Matlaba, 14-Thulani Hlatshwayo, 3-Eric Mathoho, 15-Dean Furman (C), 5-Andile Jali, 20-Oupa Manyisa, 18-Thuso Phala, 10-Sibusiso Vilakazi, 23-Tokelo Rantie
Subs: 16-Darren Keet (GK), 1-Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), 21-Ayanda Gcaba, 13-Thamsanqa Sangweni, 19-Themba Zwane, 12-Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 7-Mandla Masango, 8-Bongani Zungu, 17-Bernard Parker, 4-Siyabonga Nhlapho, 9-Bongani Ndulula
Injured: 2-Rivaldo Coetzee.