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Nthethe: Bafana future bright

2012-01-17 12:19

Johannesburg - Thabo Nthethe feels the depleted Bafana Bafana team's hard fought draw against Ghana is proof the national side's future looks bright.

The Bloemfontein Celtic skipper was handed the national team armband for last weekend's 1-1 draw against the Black Stars, who are tipped as one of the favourites for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Bafana have come under intense criticism following their failure to qualify for the biennial showpiece in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, but Nthethe is convinced there is still much to come from the country's youngsters.

"We did well and the experience is going to benefit all of us because we will improve because of it," he told Celtic's official website.

The 2012 AFCON finals kick off in Bata on Saturday 21 January, with co-hosts Equatorial Guinea contesting the curtain-raiser against Libya.

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Comments
  • Bob - 2012-01-17 13:24

    I wouldn't run out and buy a pair of sunny's just yet, one draw and the future looks bright ? yeh right.

      Bert - 2012-01-17 14:49

      one draw Bob? They are the draw specialists, when not getting beat. I'm still reeling from them just snatching a draw against tiny Equatorial guinea. Soweto has a bigger population than the whole of this country. E.G. and dont forget the 2-1 defeat by Zimbabwe. 2 countries with two of the worst human rights records on the continent. Hip hip hooray for our brave 'soldiers' You gorra larf aint yeh?

  • Warren Ripthemic Incredibly - 2012-01-17 13:56

    Bright as in candle bright or bright as in light at the end of the tunnel bright

  • Bert - 2012-01-17 14:45

    And Ghana played their full strength team? Wake up and smell the roses. Bafana Banana could probably hold their own in the English League Div 2, but I wouldn't bet on it. Conference League standard yes. They pose and postulate, try and impress their family watching in the stands or on TV. They will never ever again qualify for the World Cup. AC of N maybe, but not in the near future. Just asking - doesn't the quota system exist in soccer circles? They've never had a team that's come near the 1998 squad. There was a team with solid ground work mixed with individual brilliance.

  • Tokollo - 2012-01-17 15:32

    The state of the SA football looks very bleak at the moment. The draws are coming in thick and fast which is not a god thing considering that it is these same draws that cost us a qualifing place at the 2012 AFCON finale. This is very sad to the SA football fellowship but an advantage has been given to Pitso, there are new players available to challenge for a bafana place. I just hope that he has the right approach and experince to bring out the best in the likes of Thulani Serero and May Mahlangu or just call it quits

  • mkwanams - 2012-01-17 17:53

    we are even lucky to get those draws because we were playing home and we don't have a good record when playing away.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-18 13:52

    they been sayn that for the past decade

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