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Brains, Heart, and Balls for Bafana

As the national team shuffled their way north towards Cameroon, not many people gave them a chance, particularly South Africans. Many questioned Coach Shakes Mashaba’s selection policy. He was called blind, many are still disappointed by the 2-2 draw, however some of our supporters see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“You know, the draw was not what we needed, but boy did that team show me some fighting spirit.” These were the words of South African Jeffrey Johnson, who doesn’t support a local club but watches every Bafana Bafana game.

“They showed me the three things you need to be a successful football team; brains, heart, and balls. Let me explain; that first goal by Rantie, that was set up beautifully by Jali… That took brains. To go over to Cameroon, in the Lions Den nogal, and salvage a point against a stronger team: that took heart. And for Hlompo Kekana to try… even try score that goal from the halfway line… That took balls.”

Hlompo Kekana’s goal is already famous the world-over and Andile Jali’s delicate pass to set up Tokelo Rantie on goal was masterful, a clear indication of his improvement. Bafana were not expected to hold so strong; this has given the supporters a revived hope for the crucial return leg tonight in Durban.

“I don’t care too much for the result, that’s football, they come and go. All I want to know is that the players respect me as a supporter and play with brains, heart and balls.” concluded Jeffrey

What did you think of Bafana’s performance on the weekend? What do you expect tonight? Is there hope?


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