Coach Baxter’s squad for the clash with Burkina Faso in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier has been unveiled.
The way things are, Bafana Bafana will have a hard time making it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The team’s hope to participate in the 2018 tournament was sqashed after they suffered 2-1 defeats to Cape Verde.
Currently, Burkina Faso is yet to suffer any defeat in the Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The West Africans got Bafana Bafana to settle for a 1-1 draw in their first encounter at Ouagadougou on 8th October 2016.
After Dean Furman scored for South Africa in the 80th minute, Banou Diawara equalised in referee’s optional time.
While Bafana Bafana are at the bottom of the Group D table, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are leading the group with six points. Due to superior goal differences, Burkina Faso is leading and Senegal is at the third spot with five points.
Now, Bafana Bafana will have to win its remaning three games to stand a chance of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. And, FIFA has ordered a replay of the match against Senegal which they won 2 – 1.
Though it seems Bafana Bafana wouldn’t make it to the 2018 tournament, coach Stuart Baxter expressed that anything is possible.
Commenting on the possibility of South Africa qualifying for Russia 2018, the coach said:
“After the disappointment of our two games against Cape Verde, the morale is definitely low. But, (it is) our duty to lift the boys up. We need to get them firing again and I know the boys are capable of doing so.
” … Burkina Faso has physically imposing players and we need to counter that with our natural flair and speed. I am confident if we play the way we did against Nigeria, we can come good again.”
The clash between Bafana Bafana and Burkina Faso will happen at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 7 October 2017. Kickoff is at 15h00.
Below are Coach Baxter’s squad for the clash:
Percy TAU – Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
Lebogang MOTHIBA – Valenciennes FC (France)
Bradley GROBLER – Supersport United FC (SA)
Dino NDLOVU – Fk Qarabag (Azerbaijan)
Hlompho KEKANA – Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
Keagan DOLLY – Montpellier (France)
Andile Jali – KV Oostende FC (Belgium)
Kamohelo MOKOTJO – Brentford FC (England)
Sibusiso VILAKAZI – Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
Themba ZWANE – Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
Bongani ZUNGU – Amiens SC (France)
Thulani SERERO – SBV Vitesse (Holland)
Phakamani MAHLAMBI – AL Ahly FC (EGYPT)
Lebogang MANYAMA – Konyasport FC (Turkey)
Thamsanqa MKHIZE – Cape Town City FC (SA)
Clayton DANILES – Supersport United FC (SA)
Thulani HLATSHWAYO (C) – Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
Erick MATHOHO – Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
Morgan GOULD – Supersport United (SA)
Reeve FROSLER – Bidvest WitsFC (SA)
Tebogo LANGERMAN – Mamelodi Sundowns FC
Sifiso HLANTI – Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
Itumeleng KHUNE – Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
Wayne SANDILANDS – Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
Ronwen WILLIAMS – Supersport United FC (SA)