Bafana Bafana

Reneilwe backs SA to qualify

2013-04-12 14:29
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane believes South Africa's qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is solely in their hands.

With three matches left in the qualifiers, including two away encounters against Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia, before rounding off the campaign with a home clash against neighbours Botswana, Bafana are currently on five points and second in Group A.

"If you look at the table very carefully, we have not lost a match," the Kaizer Chiefs playmaker said.

"We drew two and won one. With three matches to go, we have to play CAR who are below us, and Ethiopia who are above us.

"So if we get positive results against the two, we will top the group, and come September against Botswana, we will have played our part."

Ethiopia top the group with seven points, while CAR and Botswana are third and fourth respectively, and Letsholonyane was pleased that Bafana did not have to rely on results from other teams to dictate their progress.

"The exciting thing about these qualifiers is that we have to do our own job and not depend on others to do it for us.

"We must just win our games and qualify. No other scenario will do."

Having claimed a vital 2-0 victory over CAR in Cape Town last month, Letsholonyane said it would be a challenge to travel away from home, but he was confident Bafana would produce a good account of themselves.

"Playing away has always proven to be difficult, more so because we are going to play back-to-back matches and it doesn't mean we cannot return with maximum points.

"But we have to take one game at a time, deal with each opponent at a time, get the required result and move on to the next match because in any case the planning for each qualifier will not be the same.

"I am confident we can return from CAR and Ethiopia victorious, and finish off the job at home against Botswana because we have become a better team with each match. I believe we have the players to fight for a positive result."

Bafana take on CAR on June 7, before travelling to Ethiopia a week later.

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