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Bafana look to keep WCup hopes alive



Bafana Bafana will face the Central African Republic (CAR) in a crucial 2014 Fifa World Cup group A qualifying match at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou-Ahidjo in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Saturday, kick off at 4pm.

Bafana Bafana face Central African Republic’s Wild Beasts in a hugely anticipated contest in Cameroon. The two countries will face off on neutral grounds due to political unrest in CAR.

South Africa head into the encounter on the back of a 2-0 win over Lesotho in an international friendly played in Maseru last week.

Bafana Bafana currently occupy second spot in group A after three matches. The South African side have drawn two games a won one, subsequently they sit two points behind group leaders Ethiopia.

CAR, on the other hand, sit in third spot, two points behind Bafana, having lost two games and gathered three points on a single occasion.

The two sides met in Cape Town at the end of March, with South Africa running out comfortable 2-0 victors on the day thanks to goals from Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Parker.

Bafana currently occupy 60th position in the latest Fifa World Rankings while the Wild Beasts sit one point above South Africa in 59th.

The Wild Beasts will be relying on the midfield due of Eloge Enza-Yamissi and Foxi Kethevoama to guide them to victory and back into contention for top spot on the log.

Bafana who suffered a host of injuries in the defensive department will also be relying on their midfielders. The likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Dean Furman and Helsingborg’s May Mahlangu will play a key part if South Africa are to succeed.

Central African Republic skipper Eloge Enza Yamissi believes that his side can beat South Africa in the side’s upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Cameroon next month.

The Troyes AC versatile midfielder believes his side created enough chances in the first game between the two sides to suggest that they are fully capable of taking all three points against Bafana Bafana.

“We are perfectly capable of beating South Africa. We can take the three points because we created many opportunities during the first leg,” he said.

Bafana Bafana’s star midfielder Dean Furman expressed that his side is expecting a similar encounter to the one Bafana faced in Cape Town against the CAR in the first meeting between the sides.

“I expect very much the same [from CAR], I remember how physical they were the first time we played. I think we are up for the challenge, If they want to get physical, I know that we can be physical back.”

The former Chelsea youth player added that South Africa can adapt to whatever obstacles they face in Cameroon.

“If they want to get the ball down and play I know that we possess the players that are more than comfortable with the ball at their feet so whatever kind of game it is, whatever kind of game they throw at us, we will be ready for it and we want to take the game to them, rather than the other way around,” added Furman.

In the other Group A encounter, it is a case of top verses bottom. Ethiopia travel to Lobatse to face Botswana.



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