South Africa coach Hugo Broos has pledged to fight Ghana with all his might to be the first for the top spot in World Cup qualifiers Group G when it boils down to the final match between Ghana and South Africa in the coming month.
The Bafana Bafana achieved six points in the double-header match against Ethiopia this month. The similar to Ghana who defeated Zimbabwe both at home and away.
If each of South Africa and Ghana win their next matches with Zimbabwe as well as Ethiopia respectively, the winner of the group will be determined at Cape Coast when Black Stars play the Bafana Bafana in November 14.
“If the situation is what it is now, and we go to Ghana one point ahead, Ghana will have to win the game, they will have no other solution,” said Broos, after a Getaneh Kebede own goal had secured his team a tense three points on Tuesday.
So maybe we can do something there. With the match against Sudan in mind from some months ago, that can never happen any more. We will fight until we die, then we will see. But first, we have Zimbabwe, let’s think about that (first).”
If Bafana can beat Zimbabwe and Ethiopia will be able to defeat Ghana, South Africa will have already won Group G before the Ghana game, which is a dream scenario.
“I hope my colleague can give me a present next month by beating Ghana!” quipped Broos, with Ethiopia head coach Wubetu Abate seated next to him.
This Sudan game Broos refers to occurred under the previous Bafana director of football Molefi Ntseki. South Africa was requiring only a draw to be qualified for the following Africa Cup of Nations. They conceded goals early and fell by 2-0 in Sudan.
South Africa lead the group with 10 points, followed by Ghana with 9 points, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are eliminated from the race.