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Time for victory: Komphela

2012-06-08 15:01

Gaborone - Bafana Bafana coach Steve Komphela said it was time his side started producing results, ahead of their crucial 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15:00 SA time.

South Africa have gone seven successive matches without a win.

"It's high time we started winning, and I'm highly optimistic about our chances," Komphela said on Friday.

"It wasn't an easy week to go through. The mood is relaxed and it's a focused team."

The coach hinted on the turmoil that the team had been through following the axing of Pitso Mosimane on Tuesday after their 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in the opening match of their qualifying campaign in Phokeng.

"Professionals must have emotional intelligence, so we're aware of the challenges but we're very optimistic," he said.

Komphela admitted there were challenges in playing the crucial qualifier away from home.

"I think for them (Botswana) there's an advantage playing at home," he said.

"Another advantage is that they lost (2-0 against Central African Republic in their qualifying opener). Sometimes defeat brings you back to mother earth.

"You start working hard, and for us, we know the challenges and both teams want to win the match, which is natural.

"We have to try and be the ones who want it more.

"We've talked about it with the players, we're aware of what we have been doing and we want to change that position and start winning.

"That will obviously take you through to Brazil 2014, and we are ready for that."

With little time to prepare after Mosimane's departure, Komphela said he would not change much in order to produce a positive result.

"It will not be a fresh start per se, with either an injection or a challenge that is not familiar," Komphela said.

"I've worked for coach Pitso. We share a philosophy of how we do things.

"I don't think there's a stop and a start. Even if you had wished for a stop and a start, in two or three days, that would be suicidal.

"We are working very hard to get three points.

"If you can only have us in your prayers and wishes, and the support of the team that we should get the result - that is the priority."

Earlier, forward Thulani Serero limped off from training at the University of Botswana stadium.

Serero suffered a groin injury in their first session since arriving in the country on Thursday.

"Serero just pulled out of our training session," Komphela said.

"I still need to get proper feedback, I have not met with a doctor, but what I do know is that it's a problem with the groin."

The coach, however, said all the other players in his squad were fit and ready for the match.

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Comments
  • Phila - 2012-06-08 15:29

    better be steve

      chamunorwa.mpofuparira - 2012-06-08 21:58

      Beating Bots its not hard n paper.On field they play beta futbol than us.Wth Steve n the fray we xpct a dramatic change.The playerz mst kno its a must win match,we mst start collecting points now.

  • Rob - 2012-06-08 15:41

    Well if we cant beat botswana, then we must be worse then we think.

  • lunati.bangani - 2012-06-08 16:26

    our SA soccer player lack hanger nd patroilism qha.whtever happenes tomorrow bafana do ur best 4 onces

  • lunati.bangani - 2012-06-08 16:27

    our SA soccer player lack hanger nd patroilism qha.whtever happenes tomorrow bafana do ur best 4 onces

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-06-08 20:35

    All the best to the coach and boys

  • ashley.hoods - 2012-06-09 08:21

    Bafana lacks strongly in one area. Some might think it not to be necessary. EDUCATION!!! What will they do after soccer? Die young of an unnamed illness?

      ashley.hoods - 2012-06-09 12:31

      Really. Okay than. Msindeni You are a disbeliever and one who conceals.

      tumelo.mabua - 2012-06-09 12:38

      Come on guys! Just shake hands in support of bafana, you better than that! Truce?

      ashley.hoods - 2012-06-09 12:56

      You see Tumelo. I want our soccer players to not be short sighted and to not just fade away after soccer. I support Bafana whole heartedly and don't want our boys to go the route of Thabang Lebese and others before him. Msindeni quickly jumped up like a b!tch on heat and assumes I'm racist. Their is my name check me out on FB and see who my friends are.

      ashley.hoods - 2012-06-09 13:46

      A forum that should be used for healthy debate now results in name calling. Okay. Let me step way down to Msindeni's level and profile this sucker too. Msindeni probably a little coconut living in a suburb, wishing he was a freedom fighter. Gay male that loves to sexually abuse cats and dogs in a shack.

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