Cape Town - Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau admits the 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso in front of a subdued FNB Stadium crowd on Saturday was a perfect performance.
With an attendance of just over 10 000 in the 95 000-seater capacity venue, South Africa raced into a three-goal lead before the break in the vital World Cup qualifier.
Mamelodi Sundowns trio Tau, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane all etched their names on the score sheet in a clinical counter-attacking display, and despite Bongani Zungu's red card early in the second-half, Alain Traore's late goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
"I think we did very well. I think we should be proud of our work and we just want to say thanks to supporters for coming out," Tau said after the game.
"Today we did much better than the previous games, now we scored so that's the difference. Today we knew we had to win to keep our hopes high so that we still believe we can make it.
"It's just one of those games where we got everything right. We were connected, we were solid and we defended very well also.
"We got the goals early, we tried to put them under pressure. It was just happening for us today."
In order for Stuart Baxter's charges to qualify for the football spectacle in Russia next year, Bafana Bafana would have to beat Senegal in their remaining fixtures.
South Africa welcome the west African giants to the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday, November 10.
Four days later (Tuesday, November 14), Bafana Bafana face the Lions of Teranga in the nations capital of Dakar at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor.