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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.
We always knew we would get one big side in the draw, and I was really pleased when it was South Africa
. We have been trying to get a game against South Africa
for some time now and it is great that it will be on a huge stage like the World Cup qualifiers. Obviously they are the biggest footballing country in the Southern African region and the benchmark by which teams from teams in COSAFA measure themselves. But it will be an historic occasion and we will certainly be up for it. I believe we can do well against them.
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.
Tom Saintfiet, Ethiopia coach
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.