6 November 2017

South Africa/Senegal: Defining Week for Bafana Bafana

Photo: 2010 FIFA OC
Bafana fans during the International match between South Africa and Japan from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

This is the one of the biggest weeks in the history of the Senior Men's National Team, Bafana Bafana when they embark on back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Senegal home and away.

The permutations are straight forward - South Africa need to win the two matches and will book a ticket to Russia next year.

Bafana Bafana start the defining week with a must win match against the Teranga Lions on Friday at Peter Mokaba Stadium. The match kicks off at 19h00. They then travel to Senegal for the last group match which will be played on Tuesday in Dakar.

FIFA ordered the first match to be replayed after the home team had won the encounter 2-1 through goals from captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and Thulani Serero; citing that the match official had tempered with the outcome.

Despite having lost to Cape Verde in both matches, Stuart Baxter's men know that winning the two games against Senegal will guarantee them a place among the elite in Russia.

Most players have reported for camp apart from Kaizer Chiefs players who were travelling from Eastern Cape on Monday.

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