Bafana Bafana striker Ryan Moon says it’s important that they get a comfortable lead going into the second leg of the 2018 CHAN qualifier against Zambia.
The two nations meet in the first leg on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London.
Moon says they have to be tight at the back but also be lethal in front of goal.
“It’s going to be a big one tomorrow and the team is looking good. We had a couple of players pulling out but we just have to adapt to the game plan. It has been a big challenge for most players to come from different clubs and adapt to what the coach wants in a short period of time but so far so good,” said Moon.
“The best way to go about the first leg is that we should be tight in defence and not give them a sniff at scoring a goal, we cannot afford to give them an away goal. Secondly, we need the ball at the back of their net so we give ourselves a bit of breathing space when we travel to Zambia because we are all aware that it is not going to be easy when we get there.”
The Kaizer Chiefs forward says playing at home first should put them at ease and they should not have any pressure.
“You can look at it from different points – it can be the pressure from Zambia and also coming from us, but we shouldn’t put ourselves under pressure. We are playing at home, we have our home support and we should go out there and not concede and take it from there,” added Moon.
He scored on debut in the first leg against Botswana in the previous round and grabbed his second in national team colours in the return leg. Now he would like to continue from where he left off.
“God willing, I would like to score my third goal in my third match for Bafana Bafana – that would make me very happy but more importantly it would be a great boost to the team to get that goal. Even if I don’t score as long as we win the match because it is not about me, but the team. It would be a great honour though if I were to score and I am really looking for ward to the game,” said Moon.
Bafana Bafana completed their preparations and they have a clean bill of health with 24 players for head coach Stuart Baxter to choose from.
South Africa and Zambia last met in June this year in an international friendly match played at the Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province – with the visitors walking away with a 2-1 win. Lebohang Manyama scored for Bafana Bafana.
The two sides have met 18 times, with South Africa winning five encounters and losing six. Seven matches were drawn.