bafana hungry

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana are in a ruthless mood, and hope to hammer the final nail into the coffin of the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in a 2010 World Cup-Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Freetown tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 6.30pm SA time.

The Aaron Mokoena-led team is determined to bring more smiles to the faces of South Africans after a five-star display when they hammered Equatorial Guinea 4-1 in a Group 4 qualifier last weekend.

While Bafana Bafana are out to get their first away win in the qualifiers, after losing 2-0 to Nigeria in their opener, Sierra Leone are still looking for their first points of the campaign.

The Leone Stars lost 2-0 at home to Equatorial Guinea and 1-0 away to Nigeria in their opening qualifiers. Yet another defeat could see caretaker coach Ahmed Kanu searching for a new job.

Mohammed Kallon, Sierra Leone's captain, is back to spearhead their attack after missing the game against Nigeria due to a suspension. The speedy Kallon, who was released by Greek side AEK Athens last month, has younger brother Kemokai in the team.

Bafana will find themselves in big trouble should they measure Sierra Leone by their poor run in the qualifiers.

Sierra Leone have quality players, besides Mohammed Kallon.

They include US-based Kei Kamara and the Bangura bothers of Umaru (Norway) and Al Hassan (England).

Joel Santana, Bafana Bafana coach, has no choice but retain the team that beat Equatorial Guinea, with Itumeleng Khune back in goals.

On the left of defence will be Tsepo Masilela with Bryce Moon operating on the right. Aaron Mokoena and Bongani Khumalo will be in the heart of the defence.

Teko Modise, MacBeth Sibaya, Steven Pienaar and Kagisho Dikgacoi will call the shots in the engine room with Thembinkosi Fanteni partnered by Surprise Moriri up front.

l Nigeria are favourites to beat Equatorial Guinea away in Malabo tomorrow.