We’ll play Egypt to win but we won’t be stupid: S Africa’s Mphela

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 25 May 2011

South African striker Mphela, who scored the killer goal against Egypt in the first leg, sees a tough battle to win in Cairo but says one goal will do the job

Katlego Mphela
South Africa's Katlego Mphela (R) scores past Essam El-Hadary of Egypt during their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier soccer match in Johannesburg (Photo: Reuters)

South Africa's forward Katlego Mphela confessed that Bafana Bafana will have a tough clash in Cairo on 5 June against Egypt in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The 26-year-old international hitman scored the last-gasp goal in the first leg during stoppage time.

“They cannot afford to draw or even lose. But we have beaten them before and we know that if we get a result, we will take them out of the competition,” Mphela was quoted as saying on FIFA official website.

The seven-time African champions, Egypt, risk the unthinkable prospect of missing out on the tournament they won in 2006, 2008 and 2010 in a must-win situation. The Pharaohs lie at the bottom of Group G with a solitary point from three matches, six behind leaders, South Africa.

Mphela, said they will play for a win, "but we will not be stupid,” he conditioned.

“If they are all over us, we will settle for a point, as that would also be a great result. The chances of us qualifying are very big, and we have our own fate in our hands. So it is up to us."

The winners of the 11 groups and the best two runners-up will qualify for the biennial tournament.

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