AFCON

Yeye: We'll make SA proud

2015-01-19 09:56
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Supplied)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane admits the side face a tough test against Algeria on Monday, but insists they are adequately prepared for the challenge.

South Africa will get their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign up and running against the continent's number-one ranked team this week, leaving Shakes Mashaba's men as firm underdogs in the tie.

Letsholonyane, though, feels Bafana's preparations ahead of the Equatorial Guinea showpiece have left them primed for action, and is confident they can make a big impact at the tournament.

"The camp has been good thus far, and preparations have been going well," Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Letsholonyane, who will miss this week's opener through suspension, told his club's official website.

"We played good friendlies so far, against Zambia, Cameroon and Mali. It was a good test in preparing the team for the tournament. We managed to get good results. But what's important is that the technical team had the opportunity to use different combinations to prepare for the AFCON."

He continued: "Everyone is happy and working hard at training. Personally, I’m in a good condition. I have been working hard, even though I will miss the first match due to suspension.

"When I get an opportunity to play in the other matches, I will be ready."

He added: "We have worked hard and plan to qualify for the knockout stage. We are preparing for all the teams in our group. We take them all seriously and we respect them as big football nations. We are ready to compete as we have a good team that's willing to learn and work hard.

"As Bafana Bafana, we are here to compete and make our country proud. We will do our best."

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