Bafana aims for next big win

2010-08-10 22:30

Eduan Roos

Johannesburg – What is more important than your team’s most famous victory to date?

The next game, says Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena.

That is why South Africa have to be at their very best when they take on Ghana at Soccer City outside Soweto in their first international since the World Cup.

However, the South Africans have had very little playing time since beating giants France in their final World Cup group match in Bloemfontein just under two months ago.

The Black Stars were the big success story of the World Cup and were robbed of an historic semi-final spot by quarter-final opponents Uruguay.

“Ghana were Africa’s pride at the World Cup and have a number of players that can change the game in the blink of an eye,” said Mokoena, who plays his club football at Portsmouth in England.

He and his fellow defenders will have their hands full with striker Asamoah Gyan.

“Everyone knows by now that they have a very good team and won’t easily be beaten, but Bafana also surprised a lot of people. I still get a lot of fans asking me how we managed to do so well when no-one gave us a chance,” said Mokoena.

Prior to their win over France, South Africa drew 1-1 with Mexico. However, the host country bowed out on the back of an inferior goal difference to Mexico after being beaten 3-0 by Uruguay.

Mokoena views the match as the start of a new era for Bafana.

“The win over France was our most famous to date, but Ghana will be a different story. It will be a friendly in name only.”

He insists there is no problem between himself and coach Pitso Mosimane, in spite of rumours that they don’t get along and that he will shortly be axed.

“I’m enjoying playing for Bafana more than ever before. I still have a lot to offer in our bid to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and the next World Cup in 2014, so there is no talk of an early retirement,” he said.

Meanwhile. Andile Jali (SA) has been declared fit after injuring an ankle at the weekend.


  • Karenp - 2010-08-11 06:14

    Go Bafana!! Will be watching all the way - do us proud!

  • 06 - 2010-08-11 07:26

    Here is a good plan! Talk less and practice more! After you win then you can tell the world how happy you are to play for Bafana.

  • LETONA - 2010-08-11 09:08

    Tonight's game is a great test and a foundation 4 Pitso and the boys.They must realy come to the party and forget about the past.After watching Telkom charity cup games over the weekend,i foresee a lot of competition amongst our players,they are hungry to represent the country,so whoever is given a chance must make his presence felt.We are behind you guys,mmele, pelo le moya.Viva Bafana Viva!

  • SA FAN - 2010-08-11 10:22

    Bafana did so well at the world cup that is why you guys went out in the first round. So awesome that we support loosers that became the first host nation to bow out in the first round. The sad fact is that some guys in the team did well but Aaron Mokoena can be singled out as a repeating under-achiever. Why on earth is he our national team captain? I am sure Aaron won't fail to disappoint us tonight as he so often does (and certain other players like Teko). Good luck to the rest of the team - make us proud !!!

  • ouma thupana - 2010-08-11 11:33

    i wish u luck Bafana n u make us proud to be South Africans

  • Koos - 2010-08-11 12:05

    New era but people should not readso much into friendlies. What matters is performing at the big stage of which SA has been failing lately. Hopefully Pitso brings back the good days starting with qualifying for the AFCON. The WC showed that friendlies don't mean much but the real occasion. SA needs to make history going forward by winning 2012 away and beating Egypt in the qualifiers.

  • sello seitlholo - 2010-08-11 12:23

    I wish the new coach all the best together with his players. 100% SUPPORT FROM ALL SOUTH AFRICANS IS ALL THE GUYS NEED. Let us not turn agaist the guys when things don't go our way, remember every team comes with their own strategy & if theirs is better than our together with the great players that team has, than we must except the results. But we have a great team & I say halala Bafana Halala!!!!

  • Ekow - 2010-08-11 13:27

    Sorry no John Mensah and kevin Prince Boateng. Not even in SA . negotiating transfer deals in Europe given time off by Black Stars.

  • BaZero - 2010-08-11 16:21

    I hope BafanaBafana are going to make the South Africans and the whole of Africa proud by slightly beating the Ghananians, their Black brothers.The Napoleons will realise that it was no mistake guilottining them. BafanaBafana will soon be the untouchables

  • pages:
  • 1