It's 'do or die' for Bafana

Bafana Bafana face a massive test in Durban this weekend when they attempt to get their World Cup qualification bid back on track.

The team exited the competition in the group stages when South Africa hosted the soccer showpiece in 2010 - they find themselves in another tricky position as they look to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Not only do they need to beat Botswana, but they also need the result between the Central African Republic and Ethiopia go to their way.

Bafana were handed a lifeline a few months ago when Ethiopia had to forfeit their points in their win against Botswana for fielding an ineligible player in that game.

Despite Ethiopia leading the group, Bafana and Botswana still have a chance of qualifying.

But like so many other sporting teams in history, Bafana's fate doesn't lie entirely in their hands. Soccer lovers around the country will be rooting for CAR this weekend as they have to beat Ethiopia if Bafana's qualification journey is to continue.

Should the soccer gods smile on the national team and they end top of their group, they'd have to go through another round of qualifiers to book a spot in Brazil.

It doesn't get more pressurized than this.

However Bafana striker, Tokelo Rantie believes the best approach is to focus on that which is within their control.

Rantie says he won't let the pressure get to him.

"I don't feel any pressure at all because I believe if you if you feel any pressure then you won't be able to perform. The pressure will always be there, but I can control it. I personally believe that we will manage to get the maximum points."

Since the arrival of coach Gordon Igesund, the team has been on an upward curve.

Beating Botswana won't be an easy feat … some of their players have gained a reputation as stalwarts in the South African football league, like former Santos captain Magogi Gabonamong and former Ajax midfielder Dipsy Selolwane.

Gordon Igesund is expecting an open game.

"They can have 10 players behind the ball, things can become difficult and they play on the counter attack. I don't think they will do that. I think they will be a little open as well because they know as well it's a must win situation. A draw doesn't do them any good and a draw doesn't do us any good."

The stage will be set at Moses Mabhida for Bafana to finally change their fortunes.

Kick-off (in both games) is at 3.30pm on Saturday.

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