‘Bafana can settle for a point’

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A point against the Black Stars of Ghana away from home would be enough for Bafana Bafana according to midfielder Dean Furman, but they go into the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier gunning for the full points.

Bafana will kick-start their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign when they take on Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday.

The two nations have met 12 times since SA’s re-admission to international football in 1992. Bafana have only lost 3 times against the four times Afcon champions, with 5 draws and 4 wins.

Furman who was part of the national team that lost 2-1 to the Ghanaians at the 2015 Afcon in Equatorial Guinea says they can cause problems for anyone on their day.

“We know them pretty well they are a good side and have got top players; they are big and physical, and they are dangerous and quick. They have got some very quick wingers and they have top midfield players who play for top clubs in Europe,” he said.

The Black Stars have been shown great love by the home crowd. Pic courtesy of GhanaSoccer.net.

“So, we are up against a very strong team but what we saw at the Afcon and what we are trying to build on from the Mali game is that we can really cause any team in this continent problems so we know when we are at our best we are a force to be reckoned with so that’s going to be the attitude going into this game,” said Furman, whose Bafana side beat Mali 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in their last match.

“We don’t want to fear them we give them respect but we certainly believe that on our day we are a match for anyone and can cause anyone problems and take points off anyone so that’s going to be the attitude.

“We will definitely be looking to get away with something, a win would be fantastic, but a point would be a great result because Ghana are also a top nation on this continent with some great players,” admitted Furman.

The match which kick-off at 21:00 (SA time) and will not be televised on SuperSport channels, as well as the SABC.

Maritzburg United keeper Richard Ofori, who’s Ghana’s number 1, is a familiar face since he plays for PSL side, Maritzburg United.

GHANA SQUAD TO FACE SA

KEEPERS

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Razak Abalora (Azam FC, Tanzania)

DEFENDERS

Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Lumor Agbenyenu (Real Mallorca, Spain), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Kassim Nuhu (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, Spain)

MIDFIELDERS

Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca, Spain), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (SC Paderborn, Germany)

FORWARDS

Andre Ayew (Swansea, England), Mohammed Kudus (FC Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Yifang, China), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Torric Jibril (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Shafiu Mumuni (Ashantigold) 

By Ofhani Munyai

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