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Tinkler Backs Bafana

Eric Tinkler, a man instrumental in Bafana Bafana’s African Cup of Nations win of 1996, thinks that although it's a big ask, South Africa can continue their push for this year's title.

Tinkler, who is currently Roger de Sa's assistant coach at Orlando Pirates, lifted the Afcon trophy in that famous victory in 1996 and has pleaded with Bafana's current crop of players not to play for a draw when they face Morocco this weekend.

Bafana will go into Sunday's game knowing that, as long as they avoid defeat, they are guaranteed a place in the next round of the tournament, whether it be in first or second place in the group.

The 42-year-old told the Siya crew that, while he knows it’s going to be tough, he’s hoping for the best.

He said, "It's going to be a massive task, but we're all behind them and we hope that they can actually do it. The game against Morocco, it is important that we don't make mistakes like we did in the past and play for a draw, we need to be focused and want to go there and get the win to guarantee our qualification. This win is only going to make us more confident."

A victory against Morocco will mean that South Africa will qualify from Group A as winners, meaning that they will face the runners-up from Group B.

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