Bafana 'will win again'

2009-11-10 10:31

Johannesburg - It will only be a matter of time before Bafana Bafana get back to their winnings ways.

That was the optimistic view from tough-as-nails central defender Morgan Gould, as the national squad prepare to play Japan in a crunch friendly international at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15:30.

Bafana then travel to Bloemfontein where they play Jamaica at the Free State Stadium next Tuesday night.

Gould, 26, is one of the rising stars in the Premier Soccer League and has two PSL championship winner's medals under his belt with his club SuperSport United. He has also scored a couple of vital goals from set pieces for the PSL champions.

He hopes to continue his outstanding club form for Bafana if he gets the nod to play for new head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

It is Brazilian Parreira's return from a 17 month absence that has inspired Gould. Parreira replaced the out of touch Joel Santana last month.

Said Gould: "Having a world class coach like Parreira is a massive boost for the team and I think he will do a whole lot of good for Bafana."

Gould said Bafana would turn over a new leaf after their recent string of poor results.

"I know we have lost eight of our last nine matches, but we will get the results. Something has got to give and I have a good feeling that we will turn the corner during the next two matches."

But he could not put his finger on what went wrong under Santana after finishing as semi-finalists in the Confederations Cup in June.

"I just do not know where we went wrong. We did lose to some top sides that were better prepared than us, but I think from now on we will get our feet back on the ground."

He admitted it was important to beat Japan: "We are basically starting from scratch. We need the fans' support but they must not give up on us if we lose.

"They must show patience. I can promise you the players are determined to bounce back."

He said Japan did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup for nothing. "They are a quality side, have some really quick players and will be a big test for us."


  • henzel - 2009-11-10 10:49

    Ya right.......

  • Dyl01 - 2009-11-10 10:57

    Will believe it when i see it and when we play a team that is a good contest for us. These mediocare teams dont count

  • 2010 watch - 2009-11-10 11:38

    We've managed to beat the law of averages and loose so may games that this must be a world record. It's not just a matter of time, it's extra time already. If we don't shape up soon we will loose all SA supporters. How sad!

  • Juan - 2009-11-10 11:41

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha i needed a good laugh. "we beat madagascar, we are the best in the world" hahahahahaha.

  • Fi5 - 2009-11-10 11:42

    But offcourse they'll win again, once their fixture against the school for the blind,deaf and physically disabled has been confirmed.

  • Alex - 2009-11-10 11:45

    Let Bafana play against Liverpool. Liverpool cant beat anybody nowadays.

  • Sox - 2009-11-10 11:56

    Maybe in our dreams reality is Bafana their beyond repair, sorry to be nagative but we can't bet on a dead horse.

  • Tiego - 2009-11-10 12:01

    Dyi01, i think your brain need serious attantion how can you say that if we win its mediocare teams but when we loose its that actually what do South African need?

  • PETE - 2009-11-10 12:04

    Morgan Gould : Wishful thinking though not likely to happen soon. As you said yourself, you are starting from scratch again and with the present selection this is not likely to materialize soon.The real challenges are to be found in European teams; should you lose against these two teams you might as well pack it in now..........

  • Awwsum - 2009-11-10 12:23

    Simply put, SA soccer administrators must be put to sword. It’s impossible that a country like SA can’t produce a world class soccer team. We have the best rugby team in the world, one of the best cricket teams with extraordinary depth in both sports, yet so how, we can’t even be the best in Africa. Considering South Africans love for soccer and the number of players, soccer should, in theory, far outshine any sport? It’s a real pity, how great it would be if SA can shine at soccer, rugby and cricket.

  • players/Coach - 2009-11-10 12:37

    Bafana Kuyafana have issues also. this guys played very well during the confed cup, and immedietly after that they started playing something nobody could understand, was that because of the coach? what if they wanted Santana to go? if Pareirra is the coach the want, then excellent maybe will see some committment.

  • @ Fi5 - 2009-11-10 12:53

    Even then I will bet for the opposition... wait a minute: are you sure? they cannot POSSIBLY play against themselves... but then the need victories, and it will be a first if they can beat themselves. They can't beat their own shadows. Go, USA!

  • Shut down SA soccer - 2009-11-10 12:58

    Try playing something we can win at: Rugby!

  • dumkofp - 2009-11-10 13:08

    Against who? The other teams are getting better all the time while the Bafundi's are getting worse.........There is not much time left. You need a coach that kicks arse and not somebody that calls up spoiled grandfathers. Benni sucks...teach the young..

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-10 13:16

    Only Liverpool could go this long without a win. Only a matter of time though eh! Ya right, but remember, in the long run we are all dead.

  • Zee - 2009-11-10 13:19

    ROTFL!! I commend the attitude though.

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