Parker confident of Bafana win

2011-08-09 08:30

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker says he is confident of a victory over Burkina Faso on Wednesday night in Johannesburg.

Bafana face the Stallions at Coca-Cola Park at 20:15 in what head coach Pitso Mosimane has said will be the ideal preparation for next month's crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Niger.

The West Africans are ranked 39th in FIFA's world rankings table, while South Africa are ten spots below in 49th.

But Parker tells Bafana have faced even tougher opponents previously and succeeded in getting positive results.

"We start training this afternoon (Monday) and as much as it is not going to be easy because this is Burkina Faso I'm confident we will do well and win," he said.

"It is not like we haven't played tough games in recent months you know. We have played teams like Ghana and Egypt and did well. We just need to stay confident that's all. I must also say that in Pitso we have a very good coach and that's the reason we have done so well.

"The thing with Pitso is that we play to our strengths. We keep the ball on the ground and if you check, we quickly get the ball back after losing it and that for me is one of the reasons we have done so well, because the emphasis is on teamwork. We have got the energy to fight for each other.

The new Kaizer Chiefs frontman added that for the better part of most matches in recent times, Bafana have stuck to their own game.

The 25-year-old concluded: "We have played our normal game as much as we can and I mean we are not dictated by the opponents. We are definitely in the right direction."