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Following the maiden 2-0 away victory against Nigeria last Saturday, 10 June, local football supporters are optimistic that the future looks even brighter.
It was for the first time that the national senior soccer squad triumphed over Nigeria’s formidable Super Eagles in an official fixture.
This against the backdrop of Mamelodi Sundowns FC being the reigning champions of the coveted CAF Champions League.
Coach Stuart Baxter steered Bafana Bafana to the much-celebrated victory, with a header from Tokelo Rantie, and nimble footwork from Percy Tau sealing the deal.
Kaizer Chiefs FC supporter and an admirer of the Limpopo-based Baroka FC, Mashole Ngope from Roedtan, anticipates this winning momentum will definitely rub off in the team’s next qualifying matches.
“For us supporters it is more like renewed hope, since the joy and happiness of winning the AFCON in 1996,” he said.
Ngope told The BEAT that Baxter had proven himself before that he could deliver, as he has defeated Nigeria before in an unofficial match.
Modimolle resident and Orlando Pirates supporter, Faith Kgothatso Maluleke, believes the team has quality players who can deliver.
Maluleke singled out Thulani Serero and Kamogelo Mokotjo as players with a good technique and the ability to control any game.
He said people have been talking about the future of South African football since 2010.
“Which future? South Africa has a good coach and good players, if that doesn’t spell a great team for you, I don’t know what will,” Maluleke concluded.
A loyal fan of Mamelodi Sundowns, Shimmy Madala Ka-Matlala of Modimolle, thinks the Super Eagles coach simply had his ‘experiment’ go wrong on the day against South Africa.
“How else would a team that is top and leading its World Cup 2018 qualifying group play so abysmally as the Nigerians did?,” he questioned.
Matlala said South Africa could have embarrassed their opponents by four, or even more, goals in the Nigerians’ own backyard, for that matter.
He however added that Baxter had a good team, with a touch of the African football experience blended in by the likes Themba Zwane and Keagan Dolly.
Former Mookgophong Local Football Association secretary and renowned retired Waterberg referee, Khomotso Phakgadi, told The BEAT: “We might be headed for the right direction.”
He said although the coach had challenges with injured players ahead of his acid test against the Super Eagles, he managed to bring home a positive result.
Phakgadi said the coach needed more support from the technical staff, the country and also from PSL teams.
He said last weekend’s victory was like a reborn version of the erstwhile Bafana Bafana which made the country proud in 1996, by winning the continental showpiece, with the late Mandela lifting the trophy in the company of erstwhile captain Neil Tovey.
6 months ago 14 June 2017