Look At The Difference He Made
In this week's Branch Manager of the Week, Supporters Club committee member Justice Skhalazo Mohlala speaks about Bafana's win against Burkina Faso, as well as the MTN8 final.
Good day, football fraternity
On Bafana Bafana’s win over Burkina Faso and qualifying chances
The boys gave their all on the day. They were playing for their lives and that was very encouraging to witness. It shows that they are putting the country first. We should also praise the coach, Stuart Baxter, for his planning for that game. All that is left now is to win the two upcoming games against Senegal and then we are off to Russia next year. I’m certain that if the boys can show the same commitment they showed against Burkina Faso, then we are good to go. The experience of the likes of Itumeleng Khune is vital for us. Look at the difference he made when he came back after missing the two games against Cape Verde. He starts our attacks from the last line of defence. He created two of our goals against Burkina Faso. Let us all rally behind the boys going into the two games against Senegal.
On the MTN 8 final
This is going to be one of the most difficult games we will see this season. Eric Tinkler will be playing against his former team and that will be a motivation for him. I can tell you now though that my money is on Cape Town City. The way they play shows that Benni McCarthy’s philosophy is easy enough for the players to understand. They just lost Lebogang Manyama to a Turkish team and Aubrey Ngoma is still out injured, but you cannot point that out when you watch them play. They don’t seem to miss those two at all. I know SuperSport United also have the experience of the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Morgan Gould, Clayton Daniels and Thuso Phala who can cause harm to any team on their day.
On the Macufe Cup that Chiefs won
I hear a lot of people are criticising Chiefs for taking Macufe Cup, seriously, but they’re forgetting that they have two big games coming up, against Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates respectively. This was coach Steve Komphela’s way of preparing his team for the two games.
I wish the supporters can stop booing the players. That is one element we have to take out of our game. We are preaching Operation Fill The Stadiums, but we are not promoting the booing of players. The coach is with the players every day of the week and he is the one who gives them the instructions for each game.
‘Til next time, Skhalazo