Bafana Bafana

Mbalula backing Bafana

2013-03-22 07:51
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged Bafana Bafana to do the country proud when they take on the Central African Republic (CAR) in their crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifier on Saturday.

Mbalula paid Bafana a visit at their Cape Town hotel on Thursday to wish them well.

"We have to win this match because it is imperative for us as South Africa to go to Brazil," Mbalula said.

"You have a chance to engrave your names in the history books by helping this country qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, so you have to give your best."

Meanwhile, Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund stressed the importance of the clash and said it was a must-win for them.

"A draw will not help us, it is not an option, it will only make things more difficult for us because Ethiopia and CAR still have to play at home, so it is important to get a win," Igesund said.

"We just have to apply ourselves on Saturday and leave nothing to chance.

"Going away will be very challenging but my boys have shown character that they will be able to fight all the way." After initial worries that the pitch might not be in perfect playing condition at the Cape Town Stadium, the Bafana mentor is happy that it has improved significantly.

"Before we committed this match to Cape Town, we spoke to the stadium management about the pitch and they assured us that it will be ready," Igesund said.

"Two days ago I went to inspect it with my technical team and I saw a beautiful pitch, so I am very happy."

Bafana will have their last training session on Friday morning at the Athlone Stadium.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  fikile mbalula  |  soccer

What To Read Next


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
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.