TODAY presents a bevy of Premier Soccer League players with an opportunity to try and keep alive World Cup dreams, aside from those who will be in the Bafana Bafana squad for the match against Angola in Durban.
South African-based players feature in the squads of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal and Tanzania, who will be playing tonight in the second leg of their second-round ties.
Aristide Bance of Chippa United (Chilli Boys) and Free State Stars’ goalkeeper Daouda Diakite, who is captain of his country, are at home with Burkina Faso against Benin.
The Burkinabe are seeking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first-leg in their bid to advance to the next phase of Africa’s qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Up against it, are Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns and Liberia and Getaneh Gibeto of Mpumalanga Black Aces and Ethiopia.
Laffor’s side lost 1-0 at home to the Ivory Coast and now face a return match in Abidjan.
Gibeto scored for Ethiopia but they lost 4-3 at home to Congo on Saturday, and would need a two-goal away success in Brazzaville if they are to progress. It is also something of a stretch for Tanzania, who were 2-0 up against top-ranked Algeria, but ended up drawing 2-2 at home and will be in north Africa for the return.
They used Free State Stars’ attacker Mrisho Ngassa as a second-half substitute.
Edwin Gyimah of Orlando Pirates was only on the bench against the Comoros Islands for the Black Stars of Ghana but will be hoping for some playing time in Kumasi today.
His clubmate Issa Sarr was also among the substitutes for Senegal away in Madagascar in a 2-2 draw on Friday.