Bafana players sharp and ecstatic – Gordon Igesund

2014-05-24 11:33

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was happy with his squad’s first training session at the Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, in Sydney, today ahead of their Monday friendly against the Socceroos.

He also allayed fears about Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thabo Nthethe, who sat on the bench with members of the medical team for most of the session.

“Thabo had a slight knock and I took a precaution to have him sit out the session,” said Igesund, himself limping from a swollen ankle.

“I am happy and think we had a good session. You could see for yourself that the players are quite sharp and ecstatic to be here.”

Thulani Serero, arguably SA’s best player, who has just completed a 45-match season for Ajax Amsterdam in the tough Dutch top flight, was confident that the team would do well against Australia.

He declared that this squad was the future of SA football.

“Yes, this is the team for the future as there are a lot of young players who still want to make a name for themselves,” said the midfielder.

Serero also insisted on the importance of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations to be played next year in Morocco.

“Every player dreams of playing on the international stage.”

And excited Platinum Stars striker Siphelele Mthembu said he had already planned to go to Cape Town with his son Onke (6) when the call-up came.

“I was the first at the airport in Pietermaritzburg but found that the first plane was already full but got a seat on the second one,” he said adding that he always puts everything in God’s hands.

The player said he was not intimidated by the opportunity of playing against foreign opposition for the first time.

“While this is my first international flight, I expect a fight on the field of play. I watch a lot of international football on TV and have realised that international matches are a war,” said the man nicknamed Shaka Zulu.

After arriving yesterday, the players had a light stretching session around the hotel pool. This was their first full training session.

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