Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali insists South Africa cannot
sit back against Ethiopia, as 2014 Soccer World Cup qualification is of
According to the Football411 website, with two rounds of qualifiers remaining, Bafana Bafana's trip to
Addis Ababa on Sunday for their clash with Group A leaders, The Walia
Antelopes, will be a must-win encounter.
The Ethiopians are the front-runners in the race to book a ticket
to Brazil, with Sewnet Bishaw's men at the summit and two points ahead
of the South Africans.
After missing the business end of the 2012/13 campaign for the
Buccaneers due to injury, Jali was unavailable for national selection by
Gordon Igesund, but the 23-year-old will be back for pre-season
training next week.
"We have to be in Brazil next year, so the guys must fight hard in Ethiopia," Jali told Pirates' official website.
"It is not going to be easy but I think the guys are fired up.
They want to win and despite playing away from home, I strongly believe
the team can cause an upset.
"Oupa (Manyisa), Tlou (Segolela) and Senzo (Meyiwa) in particular
have some experience playing on the continent through the Champions
League and I hope it helps the rest of the squad in the game against
"It is not going to be easy but we have to get a result in Addis
Ababa, it's a do or die match for us and the entire nation will be
behind them. Nothing is impossible, Ethiopia is beatable, we are not a
small nation and that must show when we play the opposition."