South Africa's Gould: Gabon will be an uphill battle

South Africa defender Morgan Gould anticipates a tough encounter against Gabon in an international friendly on Friday.

The defender, who recently crossed from SuperSport United to Kaizer Chiefs, admits Bafana will be under immense pressure to win following recent, unconvincing performances against Ethiopia and Botswana in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

"Gabon has good players but the rankings will count for nothing on the day," said Gould to reporters.

Gabon are 49th – 19 places above Bafana – according to the current Fifa world rankings.

"It is going to be an uphill battle, one of those games where we are going to have to fight to get on top of the hill," added the defender.

Gould, who scored his first international goal for Bafana during the team’s 1–1 draw against Botswana, admits the national team has been finding it difficult to convert scoring opportunities.

"We have not been taking the chances that have been coming our way. We need to practice more and put the goals at the back of the net," said Gould.

The defender pleaded with the nation to rally behind Bafana on Friday. "It would be important for us to get a win under our belt," he said.

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