Khoza urges fans to back Bafana

2009-11-19 12:18

CHAIRMAN of the 2010 Organising Committee, Irvin Khoza, made an

impassioned plea today for the nation to get behind Bafana Bafana at next June’s

World Cup finals.

“We could surprise teams at the finals like South Korea did by

getting to the semifinals (in 2002). Nothing is impossible. When the chips were

down we produced the goods by getting to the semifinals of the Confederations

Cup last June,” he said.

Khoza was speaking after a ceremony at the Safa House, south of

Johannesburg today, where the flags of 32 countries who would compete in the

world’s greatest soccer show were raised.

The flags would fly outside the building, next to the new Soccer

City, until the end of the tournament.

Khoza warned not to write off Bafana’s chances of succeeding next

June.

“Forget about Bafana not playing well at present.

There were huge doubts

about Germany weeks before the start of the 2006 World Cup which they hosted,

and in 1998 France were the hosts and failed to qualify for the previous two

World Cups and they went on to win it at home.”

Khoza said that South Africans should throw their weight behind the

other five African countries who have qualified – Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana,

Ivory Coast and Nigeria.


He urged fans not only to go out and buy tickets for the matches,

but also to show their support by buying replica jerseys and becoming Bafana’s

12th man at the stadiums.


“We need to show a fierce patriotism and make home-ground advantage

count for Bafana.”


Khoza said he was also excited by the quality of the other 31 teams

that have qualified.

“This is by far the strongest World Cup line-up ever. We

are blessed by being able to host the cream of the crop.”


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