IGESUND URGES THE NATION TO UNITE
By Siyanda Ndlovu
Bafana bafana will take on Botwsana in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier, a match which fate will be decided by results between Ethiopia and Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday.
Bafana’s Coach Gordon Igesund and Ethekwini Municipal Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo have urged the nation to rally behind the boys during the match whatever the outcome will be on Saturday. Bafana are currently sitting second in their group with eight points while Ethiopia is leading the group with 10 points.
After a disappointing loss to Ethiopia in March,Bafana were given a glimpse of hope following Ethiopia’s point deduction for fielding an illegible player against Botswana. They (Bafana) need to win against Botwsana and hope that Ethiopia play a draw or loses to CAR.
‘’When we were playing in Ethiopia their supporters were throwing stones at us, I’m not saying we must do that but it time we unite as a nation and show great support to our team through thick and thin,” Igesund said.
“This is not about Pirates Chiefs, or any other team in the PSL supporters must support the national team not a group of players in from their teams because this is the only time where supporters get a chance to sit down and support one team.”
While the Zebras are taken as underdogs, Bafana are well aware of the dangers Botswana may cause. Regardless of Bafana being favoured for the match because of the quality team they have, Captain Itumeleng Khune said they will treat Botswana with great respect.
“Having players from overseas arrived this morning is a motivation for us and we are looking forward to have a great match this weekend. We cannot take Botswana lightly because they are a very good side with a lot of players playing their trade here in the PSL,” Khune said.
“It will be an interesting match because they will want to prove a point and for us as a home team we have to win the game convincingly play very well, good football and try to keep a clean sheet, and score as many goals as we can so we looking forward to a great match,” He added.