Coach Molefi Ntseki admits Bafana Bafana had a poor recreation towards Sao Tome and Principe and must cope with them otherwise within the second leg.
Regardless of targets from Percy Tau and Bongani Zungu within the second half of a 2-0 win at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday night time, the hosts struggled to play within the first half.
“We have been scrappy originally and we did not get our foot proper. At occasions you get pissed off in case you are on the pitch and issues do not come out the best way you like them to be, however second half was higher,” Ntseki mentioned.
“Giving respect to Sao Tome, they have nothing to lose, we now have received every thing to lose if we don’t get a optimistic outcome [in Port Elizabeth on Monday].
“So it means it will likely be for us to take the sport to them like we did tonight. So it’s not like possibly we’re going to take the foot off the pedal and say‚ ‘It’s their recreation.’
“It’s our recreation‚ being in SA. Even when we have been to play in Sao Tome it will be the identical. As a result of in each recreation we’re totally conscious that we can not simply enable Ghana to run away with the group. We’re additionally a drive to be reckoned with.”
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Ntseki, who is anticipated to make adjustments on Monday, says his gamers are conscious that doing effectively within the qualifiers will ensure they climb the FIFA rankings, which will even profit them by way of shifting overseas.
“We are able to solely ever get respect if we do effectively towards groups like Ghana‚ who’re No. 6 in Africa‚ and we’re No. 13. We need to be within the high 10‚ and to do this we now have to play effectively and win video games,” he added.
“CAF and FIFA rankings are crucial. It’s been a while since we’ve been out of the highest 10 in Africa and the highest 50 on the earth. So the likes of Percy [Tau] and his teammates are totally conscious that we now have to work very exhausting to show issues round.”