Johannesburg - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund is supremely confident his team
has the attacking prowess to overwhelm the Central African Republic on
According to the Football411 website, Igesund's men defeated the Wild Beasts 2-0 in Cape Town on March
23 to boost their 2014 World Cup qualification chances, with the
weekend's encounter in Cameroon another opportunity for Bafana Bafana to
secure their ticket to Brazil.
The South Africans also made light work of neighbours Lesotho
last Sunday, and Igesund reckons taking all three points off CAR will
come down to how ruthless his side can be.
"We're going to attack them," he told Times LIVE. "This is my humble opinion: I think we're better than them, from what I've seen.
"After the game in Cape Town my impression was we should beat
this team on any given day. We were the better team - and why shouldn't
we be here again?
"But I also know Itumeleng Khune had to make some very good
saves. We need to keep it tight and make sure we score first, so we're
not chasing the game, then try and finish them off."
Bafana trail Group A leaders Ethiopia by two points heading into
Saturday's clash, almost a week before they are set to face the Walia
Antelopes in Addis Abada.
"If Ethiopia lose on Saturday against Botswana [in Gaberone],
then the calculations change and we only need a draw in next week's
match," Igesund added.
"With a new back line we don't want to be too tested at the back. So we can't sit back - we have to play high."
South Africa's build-up to the crunch tie has been less than
ideal after they were forced to catch a bus from Douala - five hours by
road - after two connecting flights were cancelled.
Igesund has recently revealed his frustration at the transport
delays, but the 56-year-old also insisted the hiccup can not derail
"I'm not worried about the players' fitness," he explained. "The
only thing we've got to get done is how we're going to play against CAR