Cape Town - Bloemfontein
Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala hopes that the time and resources invested in
developing local talent will pay dividends when South Africa competes at the
Africa Cup of Nations this month.
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Tshabalala, who has little doubt that the South Africa national
team will lift the continental title this year, said a considerable amount was
When Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996,
the national team was recognised as one of the dominant forces on the
However, there has been a gradual regression since then and
Tshabalala hopes the squad which has been entrusted with this campaign will
help reclaim the glory.
"Bafana’s success during Afcon 2015 will auger well
with our vision as a country to reclaim our pride," Tshabalala told the
Bloemfontein Celtic website.
"The world must know we have adequately developed
players and that must start with Africa recognising our strength and agility.
“Football bosses have devotedly invested in football to see
the growth not only of their teams but Bafana as a national asset.
"I clearly recall how the country went berserk in 1996,
celebrating Afcon success.
“With Shakes at the helm Bafana has reinstated that
patriotism spirit with some phenomenal displays and everyone seems to be fully
behind the team.
“Celtic is no exception, we believe in these boys and trust
we shall triumph as a country," concluded the Celtic chairman.