By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki says he anticipates a tough encounter when his side meets hosts Sudan this evening but expects South Africa to progress to the AFCON finals in Cameroon next year.
The match takes place at Al Hilal Stadium, Omdurman in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and kicks off at 18h00.
South Africa arrived in Khartoum on Friday afternoon and completed their preparations for today’s match at the match venue on Saturday evening where Ntseki said he was confident that Bafana Bafana will progress through.
Ghana are already through to the finals after securing a 1-1 draw with South Africa at FNB Stadium on Thursday and if Bafana Bafana avoid a defeat today, will join them as the two qualifiers from Group C.
Ntseki though admits it will be a tough game.
"So far so good. We travelled well from South Africa and we have been treated well up until now. We expect a tough match on Sunday being the last match of the group and the last match of the qualifiers. Every player, every country and every coach expects to do well in such matches, " said Ntseki adding that they would make sure of two option available to them.
"Either way, we can play to win or for a draw; we will make use of any option available to us as long as we go on and qualify for AFCON, that is the important thing.
The Bafana Bafana coach said he had been encouraged by the support shown to the national team.
"I would like to thank all South Africans including the support from the Association and am asking them to continue supporting this team. I am confident that we will do the business. We are here to represent our country and we are here to play to qualify for AFCON. We respect Sudan but we should do the business and all we ask for is Fair Play, "added Ntseki.