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Bafana aim to secure World Cup qualifier against Liberia



Liberia at the Bottom of Group K

Liberia lost 2-0 to Morocco in their opening home qualifier which they opted to play in Casablanca, Morocco, in June last year and will start Friday’s match against Bafana at the bottom of Group K.

Bafana Second in the Group

Bafana are second on goal difference in the group because they lost 2-1 in Rabat against the Moroccans last year.

A Win at Orlando Stadium Will Move Them Forward

A win at the Orlando Stadium will take Hugo Broos’ side to three points, with a draw in Monrovia enough to take them to Ivory Coast early next year even if Liberia beat Morocco by an avalanche of goals in their last match.

Broos Dismisses the Perception That the Qualification Is Not Normal

“That from the beginning we had only three teams [after Fifa kicked out Zimbabwe] is rubbish,” Broos said of the Bafana group.
“This is not the normal qualification and you saw what happened. Morocco is already qualified after two games and Caf allowed them to play their away game in Morocco. This is only possible here in Africa. This is unbelievable.

Broos Hopes Bafana Will Qualify

“I knew from the beginning maybe those two games against Liberia should be decisive to be qualified or not. We have the opportunity to do it in two games. Why shouldn’t we do it? I know it’s easy to tell that than to do it, but I believe in this team.
“I’ve seen the qualities [in Bafana] I didn’t see a year ago. We’re a better team now, but OK, we have to play the game. If we have a level we can reach we have to qualify. I’m sure of it.
“But it depends on us and it depends on our performance and certainly next week in Monrovia. It will be an artificial pitch at a packed stadium.”

Predicted Lineup

In the heart of the midfield, Broos should go for Teboho Mokoena and Sphephelo Sithole with Percy Tau and Bongokuhle Hlongwane operating on the wings. Kickoff is 6pm at the Orlando Stadium.

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