The South African national team escaped the possibility of getting some of the biggest guns in the continent, such that even coach Shakes Mashaba has admitted his relief.
Bafana Bafana are in the group with Senegal, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Island. The winner of the group will progress to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
“We could not have asked for a kinder draw. I’m happy but that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy,” Mashaba stated on the Bafana Twitter handle.
“There is no second best at this stage, only top teams in the group will be at the World Cup. We should be amongst them,” Mashaba said.
Before that, Mashaba is focused on winning the Cosafa Cup final against Botswana on Saturday.
“Once done with Cosafa, I’ll sit down with my technical team to map a way ahead. After the disappointment of Afcon 2017, this is a must,” Mashaba said.