Johannesburg - Bongani Khumalo insists Bafana Bafana's friendly with Kenya is not
just another match, even though he expects to lead out another
The 25-year-old centre-back, who has taken over the captaincy
duties for South Africa on a permanent basis, will be eager to get back
to winning ways in Nairobi on Tuesday after Friday's 1-0 defeat in
But Khumalo understands that with Bafana coach Gordon Igesund
wanting to broaden his selection options, players will be chopped and
changed regularly which may initially affect results.
"The coach has spoken about trying different players and
combinations, and we all know that the chemistry of success doesn't come
overnight," he said.
"I believe we have good players with a strong mentality, and we
are doing our best to get to know each other's style of play and have an
"Against Kenya we will have to go out and do the best and I believe we should come out with a positive result."
Khumalo also claims his team won't be underestimating their
African opponents in the midweek clash, despite the Harambee Stars
having a new man in charge, Henri Michel.
"We are taking our friendly match against Harambee Stars
seriously and personally i feel it is an important game since the team
is in high spirits and we want to go back home with a win after round of
matches," he told SuperSport.
"Kenya is a good team with good players but we will be working
collectively to ensure we get an important win as we continue with our
preparations ahead of the 2013 African cup of Nations next year.
"We might have lost to Poland but we played an excellent game and
it's time to put even more effort against Kenya as we hope to get a win
to help motivate the players and the fans back home."