Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana striker Philemon Masinga is praying that the
national team make it to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations
(AFCON) in South Africa.
According to the football411.com website, Masinga was part of the triumphant 1996 AFCON winning team which
captured the trophy in their first-ever continental competition, also
held on home soil.
"My only prayer is for Bafana to reach the second round. Honestly
speaking it will be a disgrace if we were to be knocked out in the
first round," said the ex-Leeds United forward.
"There is lot of pressure, as you know that when we hosted in
1996, we won the tournament and that on its own creates anxiety on the
"My advice to them would be to relax, but not too much as they
must remember that they are representing the nation and everyone is
expecting good results from them."
Masinga is also pleading with Bafana fans to support the national
team despite the side having lost 1-0 to Norway on Tuesday in a
friendly match at the Cape Town Stadium.
"Sometimes it is easy to speak when you are not in that field of
play, and it is only the players who feel the heat inside. I would
really like to urge the South African supporters to support the team
100 percent as the players need it," he added.
Masinga also says he is looking to Kaizer Chiefs hitman Bernard Parker to shine at the African showpiece.
"I think if there is one player that I am confident enough on to
do well is Parker. The guy is in great form and he has shown that even
at his club," he said.
"If he can get good supply, I am sure he will do wonders with the ball.
"Communication will be the key for this team to succeed. The
midfielders need to trust our strikers enough for them to pass the ball