Stuart Baxter’s men need a victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium and another three points in the reverse fixture on Tuesday in Dakar to realise their dream of playing in Russian Federation next year.
South Africa global Dean Furman believes that Bafana Bafana need to look past their inferiority complex if they are to progress on the continent.
There were still a few empty seats prior to kickoff, but there were scores of supporters making their way to the stadium on foot outside.
Senegal is at the top with eight points and South Africa is at the bottom of the standing table of World Cup Qualification FIFA 2018 Africa in Group D. previous year there was a controversial clash in the game between South Africa and Senegal and the referee was given a lifetime ban and the match was replayed today.
However, leading up to the game, the South African camp has been hit with a series of suspension and injury problems, including Khune, who fractured a bone in his face in a Telkom Knockout match last weekend.
The Chiefs goal-minder will be wearing a protective mask, going through training unscathed. I think he’s a hell of a goalkeeper and the best user of the ball.
Bafana Bafana Coach, Stuart Baxter, said he is confident the boys will beat Senegal.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is expected to be travelling to Polokwane this evening where he will further be assessed by the team doctor, Dr Thulani Ngwenya.
“If Stuart is on the side of being committed, and obviously plays an extra player upfront then that is his choice and then of course we will be right behind him, but he’s got to gamble and he’s got to get the result tonight”, Barker added.