New look Bafana get ready

2009-11-10 11:48

It will only be a matter of time before Bafana Bafana get back to

their winnings ways.

That was the optimistic view from tough-as-nails central defender

Morgan Gould, as the national squad prepare to play Japan in a crunch friendly

international at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on

Saturday.

Bafana then travel to Bloemfontein where they play Jamaica at the

Free State Stadium next Tuesday.

Gould (26) is one of the rising stars in the Premier Soccer League

and has two PSL championship winner’s medals under his belt with his club

SuperSport United. He has also scored a couple of vital goals from set pieces

for the PSL champions.

He hopes to continue his outstanding club form for Bafana if he

gets the nod to play for new head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

It is Brazilian Parreira´s return from a 17 month absence that has

inspired Gould. Parreira replaced the out of touch Joel Santana last

month.

Said Gould: “Having a world class coach like Parreira is a massive

boost for the team and I think he will do a whole lot of good for Bafana.”

Gould said Bafana would turn over a new leaf after their recent

string of poor results.

“I know we have lost eight of our last nine matches, but we will

get the results. Something has got to give and I have a good feeling that we

will turn the corner during the next two matches.”

But he could not put his finger on what went wrong under Santana

after finishing as semifinalists in the Confederations Cup in June.

“I just do not know where we went wrong. We did lose to some top

sides that were better prepared than us, but I think from now on we will get our

feet back on the ground.”

He admitted it was important to beat Japan: “We are basically

starting from scratch. We need the fans’ support but they must not give up on us

if we lose.

“They must show patience. I can promise you the players are

determined to bounce back.”

He said Japan did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup for nothing.

“They are a quality side, have some really quick players and will be a big test

for us.”

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3.30pm

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