Ex-Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena has talked about what South Africa will need to have if they are to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.
Stuart Baxter’s side will take on Senegal on Friday in a World Cup qualifying fixture, before their final showdown in Dakar next week Tuesday.
Mokoena, the most capped player in SA history, is behind the team ahead of their important clashes but insisted that Bafana will need to show a great amount of discipline if they are to qualify for the tournament in Russia.
“Self-belief and professionalism. If we can apply that against Senegal home and away, I don’t see them troubling us. We have great respect for Senegal. They’ve done well so far,” he told Soccer Laduma in a recent interview.
“They have players who are playing for big clubs, but with the talent that we have, I don’t see any African country matching our standards if we were to show up on the day.
“If we were to play the way we did against Nigeria and the way we did against Burkina Faso (first leg), I don’t see any country in Africa who can match our talent. Carlos Parreira always said ‘only if South Africans can understand the quality that they have.’ He said we’re quick and skilful, and if we can just use those two factors.
“I mean, those are two weapons that we have. If we can just understand that. Stuart Baxter knows we do have the talent, and the thing he focuses on is when we lose the ball. That organisation.
“That discipline is so important. Talent? There is no doubt about it. Quality is there. No doubt about it. We have a good chance as long as we are disciplined, as long as we score goals and as long as we do play our own football and freely, then chances we do have.”
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