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Tshabalala eyes 2014 SWC

2012-05-24 10:59

Johannesburg - After Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), playmaker Siphiwe Tshabalala says his side will be determined to make amends by making it to the Soccer World Cup in 2014.

“It was a big blow for us not to qualify for [AFCON], but we're over that because there's nothing we can do about it except to move on,” Tshabalala said at the Bafana training camp in Rustenburg.

The squad assembled in the North West province on Wednesday ahead of two crucial World Cup qualifiers - against Ethiopia in Rustenburg on June 3 and Botswana in Gaborone on June 9.

“We have an advantage playing at home [against Ethiopia], so for us it's a must win,” Tshabalala said.

The 27-year-old Kaizer Chiefs midfielder said the national team was always under pressure, but they had managed to deal with it in the past.

“We did well in the [2010] World Cup," Tshabalala said.

"There was a lot of expectation and pressure but we managed to overcome that. We're not new to this situation.

“It's one game at a time now for us and we'll see how it goes. It starts now against Ethiopia, and then Botswana.

"The journey is long but we'll overcome the obstacles.”

Tshabalala, who netted the opening goal of the global showpiece in South Africa in 2010, admitted it was a concern that they were struggling to find the back of the net.

Bafana have scored three goals in their last six matches.

“It's a worrying factor that we're not scoring goals. I think we all know goals win games,” he said.

“On the playing perspective the team is doing well, it's just that the finishing part, putting the ball in the net, that's where we have a problem.”

The squad is combined with a mix of experience and youth and Tshabalala was confident in his teammates as they started their run to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“I'm happy that we have players with experience - the likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe," he said.

"And then we have [Tokelo] Rantie who is there, and we still have Katlego Mphela and I think the guys will do the job for us.”

The camp will be fully assembled on Sunday when six more players are expected to link up with the squad, from SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, after the Nedbank Cup final.

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Comments
  • Sekalf - 2012-05-24 11:29

    ha ha ha , eying - this as close Bafana will get to the SWC! Make sure you get the calculation right this time!

  • Anele - 2012-05-24 12:03

    The ball is played in the field not in media and bafana won't qualify for 2014 unless pitso is fired because he is doing nothing he didn't qualify for afcon i don't get any reason why is still coaching u

  • tk.bhengu - 2012-05-24 12:20

    bla bla bla bla, play maker? please! the media gives some players distorted views about their performances, straight talk is needed now, for the team to succeed they must be told the truth. No Win, No Pay principle should be introduced in Bafana Bafana

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-05-24 13:00

    Lol this time you wont qualify on default Good luck

  • Tuco - 2012-05-24 13:05

    make sure you literate enough to read and understand the rules in the first place.Bafana

  • Sanele - 2012-05-24 13:13

    We did well in the [2010] World Cup,\ Tshabalala said. Amanga phela lawa.

  • robert.kalamdien - 2012-05-24 13:58

    In your dreams. Ask Jomo Sono to be your coach. You will never see the world cup ever again. You are a laughing stock.

  • Maswazi - 2012-05-24 15:13

    Tshabalala BAFANA BAFANA will never qualify for World Cup unless if we are hosting . If BAFANA BAFANA wants to qualify ,first we need a COACH who will select players based on their performance not bcoz he coached then on team level. Last we need players not actors,celebrates nd dancers . I'll not watch this team coz is heading for another humiliation.

      Sekalf - 2012-05-24 15:20

      Spot on Maswazi! His head (Tshabalala) has not gone back to normal since he scored that opener in 2010

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-24 15:38

    can u pliz wake up frm tht dream, u moron!

  • Lawrence - 2012-05-25 11:28

    More grimy hair than brain cells. Or lice in that hair. Rather try your hand at dancing.

  • nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-05-30 08:57

    Good luck boys am supporting ma country hope u will nt let us down go BAFANA BAFANA

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