Bafana Bafana defender Rushine De Reuck believes South Africa can qualify for the Fifa World Cup but doesn’t want them to “rest on our laurels”.
The South African national team secured back-to-back victories over Ethiopia after claiming a 1-0 win at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday evening.
Hugo Broos’ men have now moved back to the top of the Group G standings with 10 points from four games, having secured three consecutive wins and one draw in their opening group-stage qualifier.
De Reuck praised his side’s team spirit to grind out a positive result while admitting their added motivation through having their own fans in the stadium for the first time in 18 months.
“Team spirit is very high in the team. We all want to achieve the same thing and that is to qualify for the World Cup,” De Reuck told media on Tuesday.
“We are all working hard for each other collectively, and once we do that, it is very possible to qualify.
“Having said that, we just have to continue going. We are halfway there. We can’t rest on our laurels now. Hopefully, with the fans back, we will give them positive results to be proud of.
“He [coach Broos] gives us the freedom to play. Everybody is happy with him, the way he puts up the team and everybody understands what he needs to do on the field,” he added.
“I feel like if we have that and have a coach who believes in you, you will fight on the field. We all want him to succeed and he wants us to be successful as well.
“So, it is easy to play for a coach like this. We want to do well for him. Everybody is happy to play for him and, hopefully, we can do well and having youngsters in the team makes it extra special.
“It is a new generation and we want to create our own legacy and that’s what we are trying to do now.
“It is everyone’s dream to play in the World Cup. Like I said, we are halfway there, we need to continue together as a team like we have, approach every game with a good mindset and good mentality.”
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