Bafana Bafana’s struggles have attracted scorn and criticism, particularly their recent lacklustre performance against Namibia in an international friendly on Thursday night in their new French-designed kit.
Molefi Ntseki’s troops were held to 1-1 draw against the ‘Brave Warriors’ and the Bafana head coach pledged that they will come out “all guns blazing” when they take on potentially tougher opponents on Sunday in Zambia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The encounter will start at 15h00 as Bafana continue to prepare for their back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sao Tome next month.
“We will go out guns blazing as we need to get the result to boost our confidence before our qualifiers,” said Ntseki.
Ntseki opted for an experimental team as he went into the Namibia match without a number of the senior team players such as captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, Andile Jali, Themba Zwane, Lebogang Manyama and Darren Keet.
Instead, inexperienced players such as Luther Singh, Lyle Foster, Thibang Phete, Siyethemba Sithebe and Thabo Nodada made rare appearances for the national team.
“Against Namibia, we rested a few senior players who will be given a run (against Zambia) as we continue looking at different combinations.
“I believe the debutants did well under the circumstances in the match against Namibia and the more senior players will have to do even better tomorrow against Zambia as we continue to prepare for our AFCON qualifiers.
“We are hoping for an improved performance against Zambia because they are a different team. Their approach, physicality and strengths are different to what we faced on Thursday. We are hoping to give our best against such a strong opponent,” added Ntseki.
‘Chipolopolo’ suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Kenya in their international friendly on Friday. “Their past results do not mean much to us. They are also in preparation mode just like us,” insisted Ntseki.
‘’Everyone knows that South Africa versus Zambia is a derby match, and this is where we will draw strength from. We will rest some players, and some will get a run.
“Our most important areas of focus tomorrow will be the technical, tactical and mental approve to the game,’’ concluded the Bafana mentor.
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