BACK IN THE MIX: Bafana have World Cup berth in their sights
BACK IN THE MIX: Bafana have World Cup berth in their sights
SENT OFF: SA’s Bongani Zungu, right
SENT OFF: SA’s Bongani Zungu, right
GOAL HEROES: Temba Zwane and Tau
GOAL HEROES: Temba Zwane and Tau
GALVINISED: Bafana boss Stuart Baxter
GALVINISED: Bafana boss Stuart Baxter
Bafana Bafana have given us hope again.

Out come the calculators, the maths experts have been called and the formula for qualification has been worked out.

Ok, actually to be fair it’s pretty simple. Bafana can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they beat Senegal home and away next month.

We are a nation that has become so used to the words: “Bafana can still qualify if”.

It’s a sad, sad story.

At least they’ve given themselves hope by beating Burkina Faso 3-1 at FNB Stadium last weekend.

But that’s what they do, this team. They turn in a fantastic performance and give us hope.

Only to crush it next game.

Same like they did with the annulled win over Senegal which they followed up with back-to-back losses against Cape Verde.

Mathematically, if Bafana win both those last two games they will go top of the table with 10 points.

Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are on six points, so a win for either in their last game against each other would take them to a maximum nine points.

Senegal are top with eight points, but Bafana can eliminate them with two wins.

That’s all... two wins over Senegal.

It will be the most important four days (the space between the two games on 10 and 14 November) for our football team this year, maybe in the last few years.

My worry is whether they are mentally up for it.

Stuart Baxter’s charges turned on the style on Saturday with three goals crafted in Mamelodi and delivered in Soweto to show for it.

But can they do it again when the pressure is increased even more and the quality of the opponents is better too?

Because I feel like they went to Cape Verde and had the wrong mindset, I heard the players had no interest in fighting for the national team.

And surprise surprise it showed on the field. Same with the return leg, we wanted a response we got more of the same rubbish.

But now we have hope.

In my opinion it’s not mission impossible, but Baxter has to get the mental state of the team as a unit right or the Rainbow Nation will be let down yet again.