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Bafana 'in good spirits' ahead of World Cup qualifier

Should Bafana Bafana beat Angola, they will progress to the third round of qualifying.

Bafana Bafana training session underway at a blazing Benguela. The first session of the day. Picture: Bafana Bafana ‏@BafanaBafana.

JOHANNESBURG - Shakes Mashaba's side are sounding positive as they prepare for the first leg of their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Angola on Friday afternoon in Benguela and are confident that they can bring a good result back home.

Bafana Bafana are on a quest to qualify for a World Cup tournament for the first since Korea and Japan in 2002, having failed for the 2006 showpiece in Germany and the 2014 competition in Brazil.

The last World Cup South Africa was involved in was one they hosted in 2010, which they crashed out of in the group stages.

Bafana midfielder George Lebese says the team is ready for the two-legged tie against Angola and are focused on dispatching their Southern African counterparts.

"We're ready; we're focused, and looking forward to the game. We know what's expected from us and the country knows we are able to do the job. So we just have to go out and put on our best performance."

His teammate, Kamohelo Mokotjo, says the team is looking fresh ahead of the first leg.

"The boys came back feeling fresh and fit from their clubs, that's important for the national team first training session today and we were looking good."

Should Bafana beat Angola, they will progress to the third round of qualifying, where they and 19 other teams will be put into five groups of four and from there, the winner of each group will qualify for Russia 2018.

Bafana Bafana training session underway at a blazing hot Benguela. The first session of the day @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/yeOcwzXu7J

Welcome water break in Benguela after putting in some hard work .. @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/DEHNBZvvkd

Defender Erick Mathoho sat out Bafana Bafana morning training as a precaution to calf strain @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/i7Q9rQo17U

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