Friday, June 7, 2013

Ethiopia is the main worry for us

Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe

DESPITE the injury setbacks they have endured ahead of the make-or-break World Cup qualifier tomorrow afternoon, former captain Lucas Radebe believes Bafana Bafana can triumph in Yaounde, Cameroon, against Central African Republic.

It's the second match, against group leaders Ethiopia in Addis Ababa eight days later, that hasRadebe concerned. And having been a defender during his playing days, Radebe is anxious about who will make up Bafana's back four.
"It's going to be tough against CAR, but that should be the easier of the two games. It was also good to give guys like [Tlou] Segolela a run against Lesotho to prepare them for these crucial matches," said Radebe.
"I'm worried about what it is going to look like at the back. You need stability, consistency and a back four that will gel with the defensive midfielder.

"It's also important not to concede when you playing away from home."
For Radebe, who captained Bafana at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup, "you win and lose games at the back".
"CAR proved to be a decent team in the first leg but we managed to beat them. And I think we should do it again away from home. But for me, Ethiopia will be the most difficult game. They have the quality to pose a threat and make it tough for us," said Radebe.
He did not suggest who Bafana coach Gordon Igesund should partner with Thabo Nthethe in central defence, but admitted the rearguard would face a tougher opposition in Addis Ababa.