Shabba: Bafana can win Afcon

2012-11-16 16:45

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala believes the national football team can lift the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy in front of their home crowd.

Tshabalala scored the opening goal of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, powering in a long-range effort in South Africa's 1-1 draw against Mexico at FNB Stadium.

Bafana will open the Afcon tournament at the same venue against the little known Cape Verde Islands on January 19.

“It's a tough task, and a big challenge, but as professionals we know the expectations," Tshabalala said on Friday.

“Playing at home is an honour and should be a motivation for us as players.

“I think that we must do well and go all the way and play for our country and wear the national jersey with pride.”

Tshabalala admitted he had not been at his best this season for Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but he believed he was making valuable contributions and creating goals.

“I'm not on top of my game, but I'm doing well for the team," he said.

"I'm continuing from where I left off last season with my assists.

“So far I've made five assists, so I wont say I've lost form but just dropped."

South Africa will host the Afcon tournament for the second time, less than three years after the country staged what was widely considered a successful World Cup.

The last time the nation hosted the continental showpiece, in 1996, Bafana went on to lift the title.

After the opening match of next year's tournament, the South Africans will face Angola and Morocco, their other Group A opponents, in Durban.


  • adrian.strydom - 2012-11-16 17:17

    Definitely....and my maltese poodle is going to be the next South African president.

      retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-11-16 18:01

      That Adrian, would be a massive improvement!

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-11-16 17:18

    Sorry Shabba! I think not, you know the problem? SAFA

      hc12345 - 2012-11-16 17:51

      Always blame someone else

  • - 2012-11-16 17:31

    The chicken you sell at your shop is contaminated.

  • Spha - 2012-11-16 17:32

    dream on!!!!

  • maselela - 2012-11-16 17:37

    was he ok when saying that? Dream on

  • ernst.j.joubert - 2012-11-16 17:37

    Who cares? Soccer is a crap game anyway.

      morne.linden - 2012-11-17 14:35

      Hai shame what's the matter? Can't kick? Coach didn't want you on his team?

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-11-16 17:37

    Hahahahaha Dreaming is sometimes good for your health and well being!!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-16 17:40

    Shabba please you too young to fool us!!

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-16 17:45

    Is he trying to convince us or himself.

  • hc12345 - 2012-11-16 17:50

    And Santa is delivering you a present in person!!!

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-16 17:58

    jus by singing the national anthem ,,u guys ar not passionate..

  • jpanagidis - 2012-11-16 18:11

    Yeah and then the pope and Lady Gaga are gonna sing a duet at the closing ceremony? Our soccer team are a bunch of pathetic yahoo's who couldn't beat the blind school. They suck, PERIOD. Why they even get media coverage is beyond me.

  • M'rio Mas Machar'a - 2012-11-16 18:20

    excuse me Shabba, can i fart instead of reading your crap word mate, ya suck /:;'

      jerry.kb - 2012-11-17 07:59

      go ahead M'rio,...fart. there is no real shame in that

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-11-16 18:22

    Shabba your a goat son we cant draw hope from u.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-16 18:53

    Maybe if you pass the ball, and stop trying to repeat your WC goal, they might.

  • skyler.j.clayton - 2012-11-16 19:07

    As if being terrible at football wasn't our footballers are taking drugs too.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-11-16 19:11

    Even if you cook your matches or bribe the referree to win the cup, it wouldn't worth it, since you were not gonna qualify if not given a favour to host the tournament. SAFA must thank Libya, though it's painful that the state of their country is in turmoil after the forced removal of Gaddafi, Bafoona shouldn't be playing.

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-16 20:40

    I believe i going to win the lotto...not gonna happen! If you win a match that would be amazing!

  • xolani.buthelezi.73 - 2012-11-16 21:25

    Oh ya, Bafana can win a afcon if they play in collection and co-operate with others in a field. I hope so

  • bpaschke - 2012-11-16 22:28

    Well we better win; otherwise the opposing teams will be stoned!! Absolutely ridiculous

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2012-11-17 07:20

    Maybe if they were a team and not eleven, glory seeking individuals they may have a chance!

  • andrew.ramatlapeng - 2012-11-17 08:24

    Are you Madela's son?

  • thizatouch - 2012-11-17 11:07

    that is brings a whole new meaning to the word "optimistic" might wanna focus on finding the net first!!

  • victor.peters.902 - 2012-11-17 12:51

    Unfortunately I have no confidence in Bafana. They have a badtrack record. Their new new couch has all these fantastic plans, but let me just say that bafana is a 2nd grade team. It has been proven time and again that SAblacks are just not world soccer players and never will be. Where are all the good coloured and white players. this qota system is just a lot of bull. The couch can place out all the strategies he wants to, but he will always have a bunch of losers and they'll aways be.Dream on Siphiwe, dream on.

  • nhlokza - 2012-11-17 17:25

    Dream on brother

  • sunith.varkey - 2012-11-17 17:31

    Shabba has been playing FIFA13

  • Teekm - 2012-11-17 18:29

    dream on Mr. shabba ranks

  • KennySven - 2012-11-17 20:56

    In your next life.

  • aniedi.nyong - 2012-11-28 04:12

    Funniest thing I have read today. Bafana Bafana, more like a dustbin trade name.

  • valley.snaardiehard - 2012-12-04 11:59

    in which year?shaba just focus on psl coz pirates is js nearby nd stop lyin' ,what style of futbol r u gonna use to win afcon?

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-11 13:04

    Tshabalala is saying true but they could do that only if they can be like class of 1996 and play for the sake of the country and them being patrotic and put money issues behind them.

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