JOHANNESBURG – Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani 'Tyson' Hlatshwayo, has to do more than just borrow a nickname from the once “baddest man on the planet” if he is to lead the senior men’s national team to Egypt.
'Tyson' and his charges have to take a huge bite out of Libya’s confidence and knock out any negative thoughts that might creep in ahead of their crucial clash with the Mediterranean Knights in Tunisia on Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Bafana need a point from this match while Libya have to win if they’re to qualify for the continental showpiece that will be staged in Egypt.
Hlatshwayo carries a heavy load of expectations on his shoulders since he couldn’t captain Bafana to book a ticket to Russia for the World Cup. His captaincy has been a mixed bag - he is the first man to lead Bafana to a win over Nigeria in a competitive match but things went south after that with back-to-back losses to minnows Cape Verde which ended their World Cup ambitions.
“The pressure will always be there, not only at Bafana but also in your personal life and at your team,” Hlatshwayo said. “There will be pressure on us because this is a crucial game, even though we know that we need either a draw or a win.