Positive results in the back-to-back 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia could signal a new dawn for Bafana Bafana. In the three previous qualifiers, the men’s senior national team has failed to command the driving seat in the group stages. But with four points already in the bag after two matches, the new look Bafana team, could just revive the country’s hopes after many years of disappointments.

The first two matches of this qualifying campaign against Zimbabwe and Ghana respectively, gave signs of a team far more determined.

Coach Hugo Broos took the risk to go with less experienced players in this campaign and so far it has paid off.

Despite playing the first leg away against Ethiopia, Bafana Bafana will go in as favourites. They are the only team yet to lose and will want to hold on to that record. It is reason enough to be optimistic of maximum points.

“When we play our game and we play like we did against Ghana with the same confidence and belief I think it’s possible to win in Ethiopia,” says Broos.

Broos spoke of the importance of six points in the upcoming two matches. This will surely give Bafana Bafana enough of a cushion at the top of the standings despite the outcome between Zimbabwe and Ghana. But this will be a big test for Broos.

Bafana Bafana has over the years managed to hold their own against the big guns on the continent. It was evident against Ghana recently. But Ethiopia’s win over Zimbabwe at home will be a reminder that they are a team not to be underestimated.

“When you play qualifiers match and four are always key matches those are matches that can be decisive so you can be out of the race or you can be in a very good position,” Broos added.

Kick-off is at 3PM on Saturday and the match will be broadcast live on SABC 1.