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Manyama calls for fan support

Bafana Bafana forward Lebohang Manyama said this could be the best time for fans to show their support for the national team in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso.

The clash will be played on Saturday at the FNB Stadium, kick-off at 3pm and the Turkey-based player says that with the backing of the fans, the players can turn things around.

“To be quite honest we are in trouble. We put ourselves in there and we are the only ones who can take ourselves out. It’s up to us to get a good result on Saturday before we can think of anything else. We know it’s not going to be easy, but I think we have a lot of quality in the side.

“It’s a matter of doing what the coach wants – it has worked before so why can’t it work on Saturday?” said Manyama in an interview published on the association’s official website.

Manyama, along with Azerbaijan-based striker Dino Ndlovu were the last players to report for national team duty.

“We need all of those and we need the whole country. We know what has happened in the last two games and people have lost confidence in us but we must take the lead to bring back the confidence and everybody else will follow. We need their support. We have the quality, we have the coach and I believe we have the country that can take us where we want to go, starting on Saturday. Like I always say, all for one and one for all.

“We need the whole nation, if we can have a packed stadium, whenever you touch the ball it builds confidence, and in a way, everything goes right when you have fans behind you. I think we are going to need them more than ever, so come show your love for Bafana Bafana,” he said.

With three matches remaining in the qualifiers, Bafana Bafana are bottom of Group D with just one point. Nothing less than victory will do but they have a mountain to climb against the table-topping Burkina Faso. The former Cape Town City forward appears to have settled down in Turkey.

“The level of professionalism is very high, players are more focused on being very good at playing the ball technically, the pace is not the same as we have in South Africa and teams don’t go pound for pound – it’s more tactical, you have to know where to be at the right time. It has been a very good adjustment and I still have a lot to learn,” he said.


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