Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has called on the entire nation to support Bafana Bafana for their must-win World Cup qualifier against Senegal on Friday.
South Africa do duty against the Lions of Teranga at the Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight and Motaung has urged fans to flock to the stadium and show their support for the national team.
‘Foremost, I wish Bafana Bafana all the best against Senegal,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘I am firmly behind our national team. It’s worldwide a given to support your national teams whenever they play.
‘This being a home fixture, the visitors must feel the pressure not only on the pitch, but from the stands too.
‘The squad experienced some challenges at the beginning of the camp this week. I am glad to see that all is right now. All the players are there and the preparations are in full swing. In fact, looking at the way things are shaping up, there is light at the end of the tunnel – having to overcome challenges can shoot a team to victory,’ he added.
Motaung spoke of the danger that Senegal poses to South Africa’s chances of qualification, highlighting the threat of Liverpool star Sadio Mane.
‘Positivity should carry us through to win these two matches. Senegal is a great team, though. Their star player is Sadio Mane, who showcases his immense talent for Liverpool in England. I was happy to hear coach Baxter commenting that they will not focus on an individual player, but rather on their own strategy, tactics and strengths.’
‘There’s a lot at stake in this match. Remember we have tasted hosting the World Cup in 2010. We also participated in the 1998 World Cup in France, as well as the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
‘The World Cup is a big stage for every football nation. Its impact on the nation is immeasurable. I have a firm belief that with the right frame of mind and determination, the guys will win this match.
‘I wish the team once more the very best. Let us unite in supporting the team on Friday,’ he concluded.
The two nations face off at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, with kick-off set for 19:00.
Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website
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