Khumalo desperate for SA win

2013-01-22 20:13
Bongani Khumalo (AP)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo is desperate for his under-pressure team to make the most of their second chance when they come up against Angola in a crucial Group A Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) encounter in Durban on Wednesday.

South Africa were held to a goal-less draw by minnows Cape Verde Islands in the tournament opener on Saturday, with their lacklustre showing coming in for heavy criticism.

"The first game is now gone. If there’s any lesson to be learnt it’s that you hardly get any second chances in tournaments," Khumalo said on Tuesday.

"So we’re very fortunate that we’re still in it, and we have another game on Wednesday.

"It’s important that we forget about the past and make sure we don’t repeat our mistakes."

The disappointment of the opening result, in the broader context, was somewhat lessened later on Saturday when the other two teams in the group, Morocco and the Angolans, also played to a goal-less draw.

The Greece-based defender highlighted the importance of supporting the team at this crucial stage, when doubts have been raised about their capability to reach the latter stages of the tournament.

"Obviously it’s been said that nerves may have gotten the better of some players," he said.

"That happens sometimes, and it’s important that the other players around support them and make sure they can come back up again."

Khumalo defended his own form in the national jersey, saying: "That (questions about my form) is news to me.

"My job is just to focus on the team and what we’re trying to achieve.

"In terms of the critics, people will always have their opinions in football, that’s the nature of the game. In my mind, I don’t really spend much time worrying about those people."

He said Bafana would be going all out to beat the Antelopes.

"Our main motivation is as simple as winning," Khumalo said.

"Obviously when you win games, everything else falls into place.

"That’s how people are proud of you and that’s how you bring joy to a nation - it’s by winning games. As professional players, we really know what we have to do here. We have one aim on our minds and that’s to win."

Coach Gordon Igesund confirmed on Tuesday that midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi and Lerato Chabangu had been ruled out of the match, due to a knee and groin injury respectively.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon  |  bongani khumalo  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Argentina overpower spirited Tonga
LIVE: Ireland v Italy
As it happened: Tonga 16-45 Argentina
Betham: Future is out of my hands

Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.