South Africa will have to win their two remaining away matches in their 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign if they are to realise their dream of going to Brazil, says Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi.
Bafana play back-to-back away matches against the Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia in June, and the outcome of those outings will go a long way towards deciding the final positions in their qualifying group. South Africa’s group matches finish with a home game against Botswana in September.
Should Bafana top their qualifying group they would go through to a third and final round of qualifying with the nine other group winners. A draw will take place to select the teams to meet in home and away matches for a place in Brazil.
“There is no doubt, the away matches will be difficult, but we have no choice but to give everything and hopefully get favourable results,” Dikgacoi told the South African Football Association (Safa) on Tuesday.
“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.”
Addressing the challenge of away games, Dikgacoi added: “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.”
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 (which ended in a 1-1 draw). 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.