Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki insists although the usual mandate is to do well in the Africa Cup of Nations, his personal target is to qualify the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ntseki begins his first official competitive journey for the national team with back-to-back crucial 2021 Afcon qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan next month.
He has retained most of the players who were part of the Nelson Mandela Challenge in the 25-man squad that will face the Black Stars in Accra on November 14 and host Sudan at Orlando Stadium on November 17.
Ntseki says everyone’s vision within the team is to find themselves at the next world Cup.
“Let alone for Molefi Ntseki as an individual, but even for the players because everyone wants to be in the World Cup.
“It’s a very personal question that’s needs to be addressed cautiously… getting the contract with SAFA there are already some mandates that are contained in the contract and the contract says you must qualify for the Afcon, not only qualify for Afcon but you must do well in the Afcon,” he clarified.
“It’s a very healthy challenge so as an individual you would be very happy if you achieve so much in a tournament like the Afcon, then you have the World Cup qualifiers.
“We have already qualified for so many years and if ever you don’t qualify, it won’t be good for the country, Bafana Bafana or SAFA.”
Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, November 10 and depart for Ghana the next day.
By Ofhani Munyai