Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune, who won man of the match in his team's 1-0 win over Spain in an International friendly at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night, praised his coach Gordon Igesund's tactics on the night.
Khune said that they had done a lot of planning for this game, and he was pleased that he could repay Igesund's faith in them with a win.
"I just want to say thank-you to the coach for having faith in the players, his belief, his faith, we're giving him what he expects from us, and that's a good performance, and a win.
"His tactics were spot-on tonight. We planned a lot of times for Spain, and people thought we didn't stand a chance, and here we are, we beat them! We created more chances than them, and we could've made it three or four nil.
"You have to brave, I said that we are playing at home, we're going to take the game to them, we're not coming here to defend, and we did exactly that.
"For me personally I just want to say thank-you to the people of South Africa, who came out in numbers to support us, and this is what we want to see in our local football, people coming here and supporting the local teams, and supporting local football.
"We are on the same level as the European players, and we can do better than them. If we can beat the world champions, who can't we beat? We also played very well against the world number two, Brazil!
"Congratulations to the whole team, all the players, we gave it our all, and we deserved the result.
"I said if I won it (the SA Sports Star Award) I would come here highly motivated, and I was, and I had to rub my experience off onto the other guys, it was my third time playing against the world's number one, they beat me twice, I beat them once, it's a good record. I've beaten them as an African player, it's never happened before that an African team beat the European champions."
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