Zuma: Bafana have what it takes for 2010 finals

2008-09-10 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Veteran Bafana Bafana striker Sibusiso Zuma is optimistic that Bafana will produce a side that can hold their own at the 2010 World Cup finals, despite the national team’s worrying slump in form.

Zuma was reflecting on Tuesday night’s display when he led what was largely a Bafana B side to a disappointing 1-0 loss against Guinea in a friendly international played at Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium.

“There is no way I am saying we played well,” he said. “I am also not saying it was not a good game. We gave our best. But there were a lot of positives to take out of the game. I was pleased the coach [Joel Santana] gave a number of eager, up-and-coming players a run and they got some valuable game time and international experience. We have the emerging talent that … will make South Africa proud at the 2010 World Cup finals.”

Zuma singled out midfield playmaker Teko Modise as the man that Bafana should build their 2010 squad around. “I also believe that Daine Klate is going to have a big and bright future in Bafana. He showed he has the skill and ability to make the grade at this level.”

Zuma defended the new policy of playing as many friendly games as possible now that Bafana are eliminated from the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola.

“I am positive we are going to produce the goods at the 2010 World Cup. We … need more friendly matches against top nations such as Germany, Italy and Brazil to give us experience and make sure we are ready when the 2010 World Cup kicks off.” — Sapa.

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