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Jali: SA must boss Ethiopia

2013-06-11 14:08
Andile Jali (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali insists South Africa cannot sit back against Ethiopia, as 2014 Soccer World Cup qualification is of outmost importance.

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 Ethiopia.

"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."

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