Attacking football is our option – Katlego
According to the all time South African leading goal scorer, Katlego Mphela has said they are prepared to take any risks when they face Sierra Leone this Sunday. 6.30 pm at the Sierra Leone National stadium for the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying encounter.
“This trip to Freetown is a big test of our mental strength as we have played most of our matches at home this year, but the coach (Pitso Mosimane) has told us we are not going there to sit back and defend. He has told us we are going to Freetown for three points,” said Mphela.
Two-prong attack is our target and the Mamelodi Sundowns striker is set to team up again with Dutch-based Bernard Parker in a two-pronged attack. “That is a bit of a risk, but one we are more than prepared to take.
“The coach has made it clear he is going to attack Sierra Leone. My job is to score goals and we have been working hard on our finishing this week at training.” he told Sport24.
Mphela said the players were going into the match with their confidence high after wins for the national side in its last four matches. These include a World Cup 2-1 victory over former world champions France.
Mphela is Bafana’s key, with 18 goals under his belt from 37 appearances for his country including a goal in the 2-0 win over Niger at Nelspruit in the opening Group G fixture played last month.
“We expect Egypt to beat Niger, so we have to keep up the pressure by beating Sierra Leone and staying on top of the group,” said Mphela.
He was not worried about the number of chances he, Parker and others missed in a one-sided clash against Niger.
Mphela said Bafana was up there with the top African sides such as Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon.
“We showed at the World Cup we are improving and as good as the big guns in Africa, but we need to start winning away from home,” he maintained.
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