Golden Boys of Bafana

By admin
04 June 2010

Bafana may not be favourites but they’re our guys and we have our hopes pinned on a place in the second round because the team’s motivated and raring to go.

And these are the guys who we believe will pull out all the stops to shine for Bafana and South Africa.

STEVEN PIENAAR (Midfielder) On the field, Peanut - his nickname among Everton fans who have trouble saying Pienaar - is leading from the front and cajoling his teammates to greater heights.

“We’re definitely ready: the confidence is there, the spirit is there and I believe we’ll do well. I’m confident we’ll go further than the second round,” the 28-year-old says.

TEKO MODISE (midfielder) He shines as an individual with his clever footwork and his possession of the ball drives the game forward. “There will be moments of magic but this is a team game,” the 27-year-old Joburger says.

What does he think about our physically smaller players taking on the world’s finest? “Size isn’t the issue it used to be. We’ve worked on our fitness and we will run all day - and that makes the difference.”

AARON MOKOENA (captain) As skipper this 29-year-old has to navigate around his teammates’ performance, his coaches’ game plan and his nation’s expectations. Bafana’s captain isn’t the most talented player in the squad but he contributes an essential ingredient. He takes charge, lifts spirits and inspires with his nothing-is-impossible attitude.

“Wearing that national team shirt is pressure in itself and we must remember we’re representing players who didn’t make the team as well as millions of South Africans. But it’s pleasant pressure.”

BONGANI KHUMALO (defender) After a man-of-the-match performance against Colombia at Soccer City, including a frenetic final 10 minutes, everyone is talking about this 23-year-old player as a vital part of the team.

“We’re winning, which is important for our confidence and the way forward. We’re happy to give the fans what they deserve - a great victory. That’s what everyone wants to see.”

ITUMELENG KHUNE (goalie) The 22-year-old goalkeeper from Kaizer Chiefs is undoubtedly excellent in this position. At just 1,8 m he’s not the tallest player ever to stand between the posts but Itu’s agility and shot-stopping ability make him Bafana’s No 1.

“Blow your vuvuzelas, blow them long and hard. Like Bryan Robson said, the sound is like an extra player. Blow them and we will respond because we will know the nation is behind us.”

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