One nation, one team

2010-06-20 11:35

Hoping against hope,

South Africans are rallying behind Bafana Bafana ahead of their deciding 2010

Fifa World Cup match against France in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

In sharp contrast to the message from spectators who left before

the end of the match in Pretoria on Wednesday – when the South Africans suffered

a 3-0 thrashing against Uruguay – many believe Bafana have done the country

proud and will continue to do so.

“I am wearing my Bafana Bafana shirt. They should beat France

3-0,’’ said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Dr Mike Sutcliffe, eThekwini City manager, has his sites set on a

runaway victory: “Bafana, please give us a 5-0 victory over France.”

Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu general secretary, hopes the team will

“make the nation smile” on match day. “To us, each

player is a hero whose name must be printed in diamonds in a very special


Fashion designer David Tlale urged fans to stay positive. “Bafana

Bafana are going to make us proud on Tuesday. I just know it.”

Steve Ross, CEO of Edcon, is equally convinced of the team’s

success. “Over 20 000 Edcon employees will cheer their victory on Tuesday,” he


Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the nation would support Bafana no matter what. “We will

show that we can move on with a sense of purpose.’’

It’s not over yet, was Mokete Tema’s message to the team. “Anything

can still happen,” said the teacher from Limpopo.

More messages of support:

» ‘‘Noma bangathini is fokol

is chisa. (No matter what they say, it’s not a big deal). Bafana Bafana

FOREVER!’’ – Kabelo Mabalane, a member of TKZee.

» “We love you and believe in you.” – Nonhle

Thema, celebrity ­journalist


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