Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi says South Africa will have to win their two away matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying games if they are to realise their cherished dream of going to Brazil.
Bafana play back-to-back away matches against Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia in June; matches that are likely to determine their ultimate destination in their quest for a place in the 2014 World Cup scheduled for the gigantic Latin American country. South Africa will then host Botswana in the last WC qualifier in September.
“There is no doubt, the away matches will be difficult but we have no choice but give everything and hopefully get favourable results. We can win there; we have proved what we are capable of. We just have to maintain the same attitude we showed in the last match against CAR and results will take care of themselves.
“When we play away, we need to be more disciplined with our tactics and not lose shape. We have to ensure we don’t concede first as it could prove difficult to come back. Therefore, it is imperative that we score an early goal to calm the nerves down,” said Dikgacoi from England.
The hard tackling midfielder said Bafana had no choice about which result to get in their next two matches.
“If we want to go to Brazil, we have to win the two away matches,” he said adding that even the home game against neighbours Botswana was not a foregone conclusion.
“They proved they can be a hard nut to crack in our match against them away. They are definitely no pushovers.”
Dikgacoi said it would be ideal that by the time Bafana play Botswana in the last game, qualification to Brazil should almost have been determined.
At club level, the Crystal Palace hardman is also involved in another battle for promotion struggle to the English Premiership.
Palace is fourth on the table, a play-off position having relinquished top position in the past few weeks in which they have somehow gone off the boil.
“We have been dropping crucial points but we are still in a good place for play-offs. We are left with five matches – three away and two at home – and if we can win at least two of them, we are still in with a chance,” said Dikgacoi.
“We are playing Ipswich on Tuesday (16 April 2013) away – having beaten them 5-0 in the first round, there are no guarantees of another win because the last matches of the season are often very difficult with teams fighting relegation others fighting for promotion. So we have a tough time ahead of us but we are confident of doing well.”