Bafana Bafana have arrived safely in Cape Coast in Ghana, where they play their opening 2021 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against the Black Stars on Thursday evening.
A group of locally-based players flew to Accra on Monday night and linked up with the overseas-based contingent and they took a two-hour bus drive to their destination.
Tuesday night’s training session is most likely going to be the only full session Bafana is going to have for this game and midfield general Dean Furman says they have to make use of it.
A good start against the West African giants will set the tone for the qualifiers where Molefi Ntseki’s team is also pitted against Libya and Sao Tome e Principe.
According to Furman, they are also encouraged by their good start in the previous Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign where they beat another West African giant Nigeria 2-0.
Meanwhile, Furman’s teammate at SuperSport United and Bafana’s No.: 1 goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says they’ve faced big teams on the continent and this game against the Black Stars doesn’t scare them.
The road to the Afcon tournament in Egypt also saw an improved and impressive Bafana record on the road as they registered wins against Nigeria and Libya but dropped two valuable points against Seychelles.
Bafana play Ghana at 19:00 (21:00 SA Time) and fly back on Friday morning ahead of their second qualifier this week against Sudan at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
Williams also knows clean sheets in these two games will go a long way to work in their favour. – Report by Velile Mnyandu