Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung says the importance of South Africa qualifying for the 2018 Soccer World Cup 'is immeasurable'.
The Amakhosi boss has called on South Africans to give their full
backing to Bafana Bafana as they head into Friday night's Group D World
Cup qualifier with Senegal in Polokwane.
South Africa must win the game in the Limpopo province (Peter Mokaba
Stadium, 7pm) and also beat the Teranga Lions in Dakar next week Tuesday
in order to book their spot in Russia next year.
Motaung says it's crucial that the Bafana fans help their team to make home ground advantage count.
"This being a home fixture, the visitors must feel the pressure not
only on the pitch, but from the stands too," Motaung was quoted saying
on his club's website.
"The squad experienced some challenges at the beginning of the camp
this week. I am glad to see that all is right now. All the players are
there and the preparations are in full swing.
"In fact, looking at the way things are shaping up, there is light at
the end of the tunnel – having to overcome challenges can shoot a team
to victory," he added.
The Glamour Boys supremo believes a positive mentality could be key,
before going on to speak of how qualifying for a World Cup can lift a
"Positivity should carry us through to win these two matches. Senegal
is a great team though. Their star player is Sadio Mane, who showcases
his immense talent for Liverpool in England.
"I was happy to hear coach Baxter commenting that they will not focus
on an individual player, but rather on their own strategy, tactics and
"There's a lot at stake in this match. Remember we have tasted
hosting the World Cup in 2010. We also participated in the 1998 World
Cup in France as well as the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
"The World Cup is a big stage for every football nation. Its impact
on the nation is immeasurable. I have a firm belief that with the right
frame of mind and determination, the guys will win this match.
"I wish the team once more the very best. Let us unite in supporting the team on Friday," he concluded.
In order to book their place in Russia next year, South Africa have to win both their remaining fixtures against Senegal.
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