Cape Town - Bafana Bafana assistant coach Molefi Ntseki says the team's
preparations are on track and can potentially go all the way to the
final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
South Africa are preparing for the tournament with a
training camp in Dubai and two friendly matches against Ghana and Angola.
Bafana are in Group D and will be up against Ivory Coast,
Morocco and Namibia.
"We travelled very well from South Africa to Dubai, but
when I look back I can see that there is a lot of improvement in terms of our
team preparation, going in to the AFCON tournament," Ntseki told the South
African Football Association's official website.
"We need to understand that preparing for a one match
qualifier is very different to preparing for a tournament where you are likely
to play more than five matches. We came back from very intensive league
matches, in our loading and conditioning the fitness trainer has to look in to
"It was a very difficult decision to come (up) with the
best 23, because all the players really raised their hand and did well in camp.
On the tactical side of things, we are working on the structure and discipline
"I think the guys responded very positively to the plan
and the program, we are looking forward to our first game and see how we can
maximise the points in the three games that we are going to play and then see
ourselves in the last 16. From the last 16 anything is possible, we can easily
go all the way.
"I think from what I have seen with the crop of players
we have in this camp, we are up for the challenge and we are looking forward to
doing well in this tournament."
Bafana get their tournament started against Ivory Coast on
Monday, June 24 in Cairo before playing at the same venue on Friday, June 28
They then round off their group stage with a match against
Morocco on Monday, July 1.
Full Bafana Bafana Squad for AFCON 2019:
Darren Keet (Wits), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Rowen
Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs) , Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer
Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Sifiso
Hlanti (Wits), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town
Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns),
Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Tiyani Mabunda
(Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando
Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars
Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso
Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns)