Bafana Bafana

Tshabalala: Bafana on the rise

2011-08-26 07:30
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Siphiwe Tshabalala has hailed Bafana Bafana's climb up the FIFA rankings as a welcome fillip ahead of their crucial clash with Niger.

South Africa moved up two spots to 47th on the latest world rankings and the Bafana skipper believes the progress will serve as inspiration for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in September.

"For us the most important thing is that we are going up. We need to keep on working hard by winning our matches to realise our dream of conquering Africa," Tshabalala told the Sowetan.

"It is good that the rankings are released a week before we travel to Niger for a must-win game and this will inspire us."

Coach Pitso Mosimane was also pleased to see his side move closer to their target of breaking into Africa's top four, saying: "It is good that we are maintaining consistency in the rankings.

"We have also maintained our seventh position in Africa and this is key to our plan to finish in the top four bracket in Africa when the Afcon finals draw is conducted in October.

"I have made it clear that we want to win the three remaining matches and we have won the first against Burkina Faso. The plan is to maintain the winning rhythm against Niger and Sierra Leone and this will help us to be seeded when the Afcon finals draw is conducted.

"I must say that I'm encouraged by the latest developments with regard to the rankings."



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

Wallabies win, Boks to face Wales
LIVE: England 21-3 Uruguay
As it happened: Australia 15-6 Wales
Scots beat Samoa, end Japan's dream

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.