Former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach and Ghana defender John Paintsil has warned the Black Stars that they will face a sterner test when they play South Africa in their crunch tie on Sunday.
Thursday was an eventful day in the race for the top spot in Group G as Bafana Bafana saw off Zimbabwe with a 1-0 victory, while Ghana let the opportunity to temporarily move to the summit of the log slip after they succumbed to a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the action from Bafana’s win over Zimbabwe.
These results saw Hugo Broos’ South Africa take a three-point lead in the standings, and they now need only a draw on Sunday to secure a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs.
Speaking as a pundit on GTV Sports Plus while Ghana took on the Ethiopians on Thursday, Paintsil sent a strong message to his nation about their next opponents.
“The South Africans are more dangerous than the Ethiopians,” the 40-year-old said.
“We should have learned from what we experienced when we played them (Ethiopia) in Ghana; that they are a passing ball team who also want to play the ball on the grass.
“But they’ve (Ghana) given it to them.
“They (Ghana) gave it out.”
If Milovan Rajevac’s team win Sunday’s match with a scoreline of 1-0, they will be level on points and equal on goal difference with South Africa, but would progress as a result of scoring seven goals compared to Bafana’s six.