Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana © Backpagepix

Unity and hunger drive us - Shabba



Siphiwe Tshabalala says “unity and hunger” were key driving factors behind Bafana Bafana during the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa are preparing themselves for the next stage of the competition, which begins on Saturday when they play Mali in the quarterfinals at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

“There's so many things we do off the field, we're like a family," Tshabalala told reporters on Wednesday.

“We get along very well, we work very hard together, we complement one another and everyone is just very supportive. So we're a team, a team that's united.

“This is a team that's very determined, we're showing hunger, we're showing how badly we want this and not just for us, but for the nation.”

The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, who was expected to play a prominent part in the first XI prior to the tournament, lost his place in Gordon Igesund's team after the first match when Bafana Bafana delivered a lacklustre performance in a goalless draw against Cape Verde Islands.

Fellow Amakhosi midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba were also dropped and have yet to receive starting berths again, along with Kagisho Dikgacoi, although the Crystal Palace player missed the second game through injury.

South Africa defeated Angola 2-0 in their second match, followed by a 2-2 draw with Morocco to seal top spot in Group A.

However, Tshabalala was not concerned, insisting his chance would come again.

“It's not about me, it's about the team,” he said.

“It's about winning the Afcon and uniting the nation through sport.

“What matters most is the way the team has been doing… we've created a team and they've been doing well.

“I believe that if I do get a chance, I'll also be grateful and do my best.”

The hosts, who reached the knockout stages of the continental spectacle for the first time in 11 years, face a daunting task against the Malians.

The Eagles, as they are nicknamed, have a strong record at the finals, having reached the semifinals five out of the seven times they have qualified, including a third-place finish last time around.

But Tshabalala was confident the hosts could overcome the west Africans.

"All the teams that have qualified and are participating in this competition are very strong," he said.

“The game against Mali is going to be a tough one, especially because it is in the knockout stages. They will definitely come prepared.

“But we're also prepared and we'll just have to work very hard. The big thing that motivates us is that the country believes in Bafana Bafana, they're right behind the team.

“Our short-term goal was to advance to the next stage, and now that

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
United did well against Chelsea
To a lot of people the celebrations that greeted Robin van Persie’s equaliser “represented how low...

Sunday Oliseh
El Clasico gave a glimpse of the future
Real Madrid were deserving winners of the El Clasico at the weekend. A closer look seems to reveal...

John Dykes
United’s Felli-good factor
He was on their books for 10 years as a player, won everything with them and even coached them last...

Emeka Enyadike
Conversations with Senzo
I woke up this morning to the rude shock of the senseless shooting of Senzo Meyiwa and I still...

Carol Radull
Let the chickens hatch K'ogalo
Last year was an exception but I think “it is written” that the Tusker Premier League must go down...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Listen to the fans Rodgers
While in the UK I decided to do what every Liverpool fan would try and do - catch a game.