Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says they are fully aware of what needs to be done ahead of their Group C back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.
In order to achieve their goal of finishing top of the group, Williams admits that Bafana have to ensure that they win their remaining home game and avoid defeat away in Sudan.
Bafana are second in their group with nine points, level with leaders Ghana and three ahead of Sudan thanks to three wins which came at the expense of Sao Tome ePrincipe and Sudan.
Molefi Ntseki’s troops registered two of the three wins at home, losing one away match to Ghana in the opening game of their group stage campaign. With revenge on their minds, Bafana will host the Black Stars on Thursday evening at FNB Stadium before traveling to Sudan for their final qualifier on Sunday.
“Just to add to what the skipper (Thulani Hlatshwayo) said, we know what’s at stake,” Williams said.
“At the beginning of this journey, the coach asked us what we want to achieve and we said we want to be number one in the group. And so far, so good with that challenge.
“We also said that we want to win all our home games. And so far, so good in that regard because we won the last two. We know what to do. We want to keep that momentum going. And going to the Ghana game, we want to keep that record going.”
Some of the overseas-based players such as Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, and Thulani Serero were denied permission to report for Bafana duty by their clubs due to Covid-19 related issues. But Bafana’s No 1, Williams is confident that they will still achieve their mandate.
“We are disappointed because we all started this journey together. But we’ve lost some of our soldiers now. It’s not going to be easy because we’ve had a short time to prepare,” he said.
“The preparations started a long time ago because the technical team was preparing for this camp. They sent us information way before the camp. So, we already knew the game plan and how Ghana and Sudan play,” concluded the SuperSport United captain.
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