Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune believes his side have to focus on collecting points home and away in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The South African national team were forced to share the spoils with Burkina Faso after they were held to a 1-1 at the Stade du 4 Aout on Saturday.
The Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper had a running stomach the previous night which continued until few moments before kickoff, according to Safa.net.
Khune has confirmed that the team doctor had prescribed him a dosage of medicine the night before the game but the medication didn’t seem to work on the keeper.
‘I had to drink Coca-Cola on the way to the stadium and somehow that did the trick. I was still having cramps here and there but told myself, I have to do it for my country,’ Khune.
The 29-year-old admits that he would’ve loved to have kept a clean sheet and walk away with all three points but the goalkeeper was delighted to have earned a point in their first World Cup qualifying match against the Stallons.
‘It could have been better had we held on for all the three points but we can settle for that point. It is a good point never the less,’ he added.
‘Our problem is that we defended too deep after taking the lead and somehow something was bound to give in. Having said that, I still think we have ourselves to blame for not holding firm till the end; but that is football.’
Khune believes that each team in their group are beatable adding it’s crucial to win all their remaining fixtures in the group stages, home and away.
‘We must make all our home matches a must-win and then collect a point or win away from home. We can do that,’ Khune concluded.
Bafana Bafana will next welcome Ghana to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in an international friendly on Tuesday.
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