Pitso Mosimane, South Africa coach
It could have been worse for sure. You can’t ask more than what fate brings anyway, but for sure it’s a kind of a good group for us. I’m sure the other teams are not happy to have us in the group. But for us, it will be hard though. Central African Republic is doing well in the 2012 ANC qualifications and Botswana is a local derby. Most of their players play in South Africa and, against them, attitude and the emotions will be the key factors.
Stanley Tshosane, Botswana coach
It helps that we know South Africa so well, and this will be an advantage for both of us. Our World Cup qualifying group is tough, but not as tough as the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers. Playing in the Nations Cup will help us prepare for the World Cup qualifiers, as we'll have more experience, and I am sure that every team now respects Botswana.
We should beat Somalia, on paper we are the stronger team, but you must never underestimate your opponent. I believe all four teams have a chance to qualify. South Africa might be the favourite for some people, but I’m not sure. I’m very happy with this group. We have the quality to go further. For most people, the Central African Republic is an unknown factor, but they have been performing well recently. Botswana have done a terrific job in reaching the African Nations Cup finals but will find it difficult to perform to the same level again. South Africa are doing OK, but I’m glad Ethiopia did not end in a group with one of the real big guns of African football. Success in the group will depend on not losing silly points, winning all our home matches and staying disciplined.