Kaizer Chiefs’ Njabulo Ngcobo is confident that Bafana Bafana can stay top of Group G in the 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers “till the very end” and proceed to the third and final round of qualifiers on the road to Qatar 2022.
Ngcobo received rave reviews for his solid central midfield display in Bafana’s 1-0 win over Ethiopia in Tuesday’s home World Cup qualifier at the FNB Stadium, which saw South Africa consolidate their top spot in the group ahead of Ghana’s Black Stars.
Ngcobo is pleased to have played a part as Bafana made it three wins in a row in World Cup qualifying matches.
“We did very well. We can do much better, but everything is on track. It was important to win because we were at home,” Ngcobo said on his return to club duties.
Ngcobo was equally pleased to have had some game time.
“I was happy to get some minutes. It is important to play. I think that I am getting there,” Ngcobo said modestly.
Bafana Bafana now lead the group, one point ahead of Ghana with two matches to go against Zimbabwe at home and Ghana away in November.
Ngcobo is confident that they will see out these games and qualify for the third and final qualifying round as group winners.
His answer on whether Bafana Bafana will get over the line was a short one as he said: “I am confident we will stay number one till the end”.
Daniel Akpeyi was also on international duty with Nigeria, as well as Kaizer Chiefs’ three other Bafana Bafana players in Bruce Bvuma, Sifiso Hlanti and Njabulo Blom, who did not feature in South Africa’s win over the Ethiopians.
All Kaizer Chiefs’ international players, barring Zimbabwe’s Khama Billiat, were back at training at the Village on Thursday.
Akpeyi was back at training after being part of Nigeria’s squad that remained top of Group C.
“The international break is over, and I am ready to resume work again. We have a big game on the weekend,” said Akpeyi, of the weekend’s DStv Premiership clash against his former club Chippa United.
Nigeria were stunned at home by Central African Republic but bounced back to win the second game on Sunday and Akpeyi commended his team-mates for their response.
“We are top of our group and had it not been for the loss we would have been through. We are happy we bounced back and look forward to the next games,” said Akpeyi.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was a happy man as he ran his team through their training drills and welcoming back five of his six squad members from international duty as he awaits only the return of Billiat who was part of the Warriors squad which lost 1-0 at home to Ghana on Tuesday.