Bafana Bafana fans sent their messages of support to the national team ahead of their ‘do or die ‘ clash against Ghana on Tuesday night.
In an interview with ANN7, a hopeful soccer fan Sadaam Maake said he was positive that the boys would win. ” I believe in the players, I believe in Shakes Mashaba, our job is to go to the Afcon tournament and compete, not to be a bunch of losers.”
Deputy president of SARU, Mark Alexander, wished Bafana well ahead of the much anticipated clash. “We are all standing behind Bafana Bafana and we wish them the best of luck for the game, we are holding our thumbs that we qualify.”
Varsity Cup CEO Duitser Bosman said: “Bafana, you’ve got to use your heads, you guys are playing great football, you just need to finish it off.”
Whilst rugby player, Willem Liebenberg said, “Goodluck to Bafana with their tournament and all the best, may God bless them.”
If Senegal beat Algeria and Bafana defeat Ghana, they will advance to the Afcon quater-finals. But if the boys lose or draw against Ghana then they will be knocked out of the tournament.
South Africa have an unbeaten record with Ghana in the Afcon tournament. In 1996 Bafana beat Ghana 3-0, in the year 2000 they won 1-0 and in the year 2002 it was a goalless draw.
Mashaba made four changes to his squad by bringing in goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Bongani Ndulula, Mandla Masango and Rivaldo Coetzee .
The game will kick-off at Mongomo stadium at 20:00.
Bafana starting eleven: Khuzwayo, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Coetzee, Mathoho, Furman (Captain), Jali, Masango, Phala, Rantie, Ndulula.
Substitutes: Keet, Mabokgwane, Gcaba, Sangweni, Zwane, Letsholonyane, Manyisa, Zungu, Parker, Nhlapo, Vilakazi.