Cape Town - Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits defender
Sifiso Hlanti says he does not fear facing Egypt's Mo Salah in
Saturday's last-16 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tie.
Hlanti is regarded as Bafana's first choice left back under coach
Stuart Baxter but has struggled in the competition along with compatriot
Thamsanqa Mkhize at right-back.
The national team reached the last-16 in fortuitous fashion after
winning just one match in the group stages with two defeats.
With Salah playing on the right flank for his national team where he also does for
Liverpool in the English Premier League, it seems the 29-year-old is in
for a tough time.
However, the player says he is unafraid of the Reds superstar: "There is nothing we are afraid of. We also have good players.
"If we can switch on as players and take things in a positive manner with the right attitude, we can make things happen against Egypt. So we
are not going to give them too much respect.
"I have a feeling that we can make things happen, not only for us but
for the county, as they have been waiting for something to happen.
"It's a learning curve to play against players who are playing in
Europe. That's what I'm always looking forward to, in order to compete
with the best. I won't put pressure on myself, but I'm not afraid of
This weekend's clash is set to take place at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt's capital.
Kick-off is at 21:00.