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AFCON qualifier: Set the tempo Bafana!

13 Nov 2019, 22:13 GMT+10

Cape Town - Qualification for the Shortage of Chiefs, Pirates players in Bafana setup, Ntseki explains

Thulani Hlatshwayo and Buhle Mkhwanazi have been putting in the minutes for the national side as the first-choice centre-back pairing with Thamsanqa Mkhize and S'fiso Hlanti being deployed as fullbacks.

Dean Furman and Kamohelo Mokotjo are the trusted midfield pairing and, in all honesty, are doing a fine job in keeping the area in front of the defensive line clean.

However, with Bongani Zungu fit again, the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfield enforcer could be a welcome change in the middle of the park.

South Africa are reliant on playing with a No 10 and Thulani Serero has been that chosen player in recent years, but with Manyama in the mix again, the stocky Chiefs attacking midfielder has experienced a purple patch that should not be ignored.

Despite the lack of goals being an issue for South Africa, it is in the striking department that has fans excited again.

Kermit Erasmus has found a rich vein of form, along with Bradley Grobler, as the two are among the top scorers in the Absa Premiership.

But Lebo Mothiba and Percy Tau are the two players currently threatening defences in Europe.

Both continue to enjoy and ply their trade abroad in France and Belgium, respectively.

These two forwards are vital for South Africa and allowing them the freedom to roam and attack spaces can only benefit Bafana.

There is a firm belief that with a strong spine - goalkeeper, centre-back, central midfielder and striker - the team can challenge for silverware.

And that is South Africa's ultimate goal.

With that being said, Bafana Bafana can trouble Ghana's defence, but the hosts have attacking players that can punish South Africa's back-four.

It's sure to be a hostile environment at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium where Ghana and South Africa will clash, but shocking a home crowd - if beating Egypt is anything to go by - has been Bafana Bafana's thing this year.

So, do it again!

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