Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has urged South Africa’s Bafana Bafana to be wary of dirty off-the-field tactics that could be used by their next opponents Ghana to frustrate them ahead of their decisive World Cup tie in Cape Coast this Sunday.
This was after the high flying South African senior men’s team produced one of their sublime performances of recent times to condemn Zimbabwe to yet another defeat in a penultimate FIFA 2022 World Cup Group G qualifier played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg Thursday.
Following the 1-0 defeat, Mapeza, in interviews with South African media Thursday, told the group leaders not to drop their guard as they face the West Africans who could try to pull tricks from their off the field tactics to throw banana skins in their wake.
“It is not going to be easy. We went to the Cape Coast and what I can tell you is that your players must be psychologically ready,” Mapeza said.
“I hope you find a training pitch there because there is nothing and it is not going to be easy. I hope you find a better place to train [than Zimbabwe did], but it is tough there.”
Mapeza was taking from the Warriors’ nightmarish experience in Cape Coast last month where team manager Wellington Mpandare claimed they were given a substandard training facility which he said was “unsuitable for use by professional footballers.”
South Africa, with 13 points from five matches, can do with either a draw or a slender defeat to ensure progression to the final stage of the qualifiers.