Fans can watch the South Africa vs. Angola soccer match live online and see if the Bafana Bafana team can avoid a major setback on the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The teams face off Friday at 4:30 p.m. CAT. For those who can't make it to a television, the match will be available for online streaming (links below).
For South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba, the message and the task is clear -- to win Friday's match and set up a chance on Tuesday to overcome Angola.
"You know why you are here – none of you needs a reminder," he told his team.
Mashaba reminded his players what is on the line in Friday's match, which is a critical step toward the team qualifying for the World Cup.
"We are playing crucial World Cup qualifiers and you all are aware there is a lot at stake. I believe we have a team to give us positive results; we have no doubt there. We cannot afford to slip up."
But it is not an easy match for the South African team, FIFA.com noted.
"It was not a draw Bafana Bafana welcomed, as Angola is capable of beating just about any opponent – especially in Luanda. South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba will have to take on the Angolans without goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Brilliant Khuzwayo, who both had to withdraw from the Bafana squad. Mashaba has a lot of respect for the Palencas Negras, saying: 'They have quick, strong and skilful players in the middle of the park. We should not give them space or allow them to shoot. We need to defend smartly.'"Fans who watch the South Africa vs. Angola soccer match live online will have a chance to see Bafana take a major step forward. The tie-breaker is a knockout encounter, so a win on Friday would set the South African team up to reach the final stages of the qualifying tournament.
If they do win, it will have to be without captain Itumeleng Khune, who is lost to injury.
"There is no need to panic with Khune not available," Mashaba said (via iol Sport). "The truth is he has been doing well for us since he came in but he is not here and I believe any of the three goalkeepers that we have will step up to the plate."
South Africa will be dealing with a number of other banged-up players, including Jackson Mabokgwane and Lehlohonolo Nonyane, who both have knee injuries. Kaizer Chiefs teammates Erick Mathoho and George Lebese are also ailing, but all four players are expected to be ready for Friday's World Cup qualifying contest.
"Theirs are not serious injuries, that's why we have kept them in camp with us. We will just be monitoring them over the next few days," said team doctor Thulani Ngwenya. "They are undergoing treatment and should be ready on match day."
Defender Erick Mathoho sat out Bafana Bafana morning training as a precaution to calf strain @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/i7Q9rQo17U
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 11, 2015
Thulani Serero was back at training today after sitting out yesterday afternoon session due to a sore thigh pic.twitter.com/v0TzDrMdf1Despite the injuries, the South African team comes into the match confident.
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 12, 2015
"We are ready, we are focused and we are looking forward to the game. We know what is expected of us and we are also aware that the country is behind us because they know we can do the job. We just have to go out there and put in our best performance," said George Lebese (via SuperSport).
South Africa is coming off a pair of international friendly matches in October, including a 1-0 win over Costa Rica and a 1-1 draw with Honduras.
The Angolan squad has played just once in the last six months, a 0-0 draw against Madagascar. Before that the team's last match was on June 16, a 2-1 loss to South Africa. The Angola team has actually gone nearly half a year without a victory, with its last win coming on June 16, a 4-0 rout of Central African Republic.
Fans who want to watch the South Africa vs. Angola soccer match live online can click here for streaming video links.
[Image via SAFA.net]