DESPERATE: Senong

South Africa lost their opening game to Japan 2-1 after leading and now they have to win.

He says: “The Italians will be a tough side to beat but we need to collect the three points if we want to stay in the tournament.

“We will have to use our chances because anything less than a win will leave us in trouble, so a win will be a morale booster ahead of our final group stage match.

“The arrival of [Reeve] Frosler and [Teboho] Mokoena will really assist as we can now plan better for the match with no restrictions of missing players.”