Radebe gives Bafana word of advise

2010-03-25 08:25

FORMER Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe paid a surprise visit to the team in Brazil yesterday afternoon.
 
Radebe, who captained Bafana at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups in France and South Korea and Japan respectively, said he wanted to encourage the players to work hard and reassure that the nation was behind them.

Arriving at Traffic Football Academy with his children and manager Glyn Binkin just after noon, Radebe addressed the players and asked them to wear the national team jersey with pride.

“It is an honour for every player to represent his country and the onus is on you to go there and show the world what South Africa is capable of. Just being in the team is an honour and an achievement and you need to seize the moment,” said Radebe, who is an ambassador of South African Tourism to promote the country to other countries ahead of the World Cup.

He said it was for the first since he retired from football that he has ever spoken to the players.

“I feel honoured to be speaking to you ahead of this big event that is coming. It’s only now that people realise how great our country is and it is through your sacrifices and contribution that we are where we are now and you must keep on doing the good job that you are doing.”

He said it was good that Bafana were regarded as dark horses of the World Cup, adding this would take the pressure away from the players.

“But if you believe in yourself and have courage and determination nothing is impossible. The country also believes in you and you must not disappoint us. You don’t need any motivation to play in the World Cup and it is a dream come true for all the players to be there. It is time to make South African football a powerhouse in world football.”

He said he had no doubts that Bafana would do well in the World Cup by finishing beyond the first round.


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