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Bafana’s Road To Qatar: What Happens Now…

With Bafana Bafana sitting top of their World Cup qualification group after their successive wins over Ethiopia this month, here are the permutations for the remaining fixtures.

Hugo Broos’s men face Zimbabwe and Ghana in about four weeks to wrap up the first step of trying to get to Qatar in Group G. Only the log leaders are guaranteed a place in the final round of qualifiers in March next year.

It’s now just South Africa and Ghana who have a chance to aim for the summit and their meeting in mid-November is then likely to be the deciding match given that the two sides will cancel each other out.

As it stands, Bafana have one more point than Ghana after four games.

Broos said he had belief Bafana could pip The Black Stars to the play-offs, where all the winners of the 10 groups in Africa will battle it out for the five spots to go to Qatar.

“With the way we played against Ghana (home leg in SA) and the mentality and character two times against Ethiopia, I think we have a great chance to be first in our group, really. But I know also that if the situation is what it is now in one month, and we have to go to Ghana with one point ahead, it should already be something because it means they have to win,” Broos told the media after Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Ethiopia.

“There is no other solution. So, maybe we can do something there – if we start the game against Ghana with one point ahead, we will fight until we die!”.

According to CAF, the winners of the 10 groups will be divided into two pots based on the official ranking of FIFA, with the five highest ranked teams drawn against the five least ranked teams (the 1st leg will be played at home of the lower ranked teams).

View the gallery of the teams leading each of the 10 qualification groups above...


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