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'don't despair'

By unknown | Jun 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena has urged South Africans not to despair following the dismal performance which resulted in their 2-0 loss to Nigeria in Abuja.

Mokoena said the road to success is always thorny. He was confident Bafana Bafana will put up a good show during the 2010 World Cup.

"We knew that it was not gonna be an easy game playing against Nigeria away," said Mokoena, who achieved an incredible milestone of 75 appearances in that match to become South Africa's most capped player.

"It is still early for people to judge Bafana Bafana on the basis on the defeat by the Nigerians in Abuja for the 2010 World Cup. We have a new coach [Brazilian Joel Santana] and are still on a learning curve. There is no doubt that we will do well in the World Cup.

"We are still trying to get ourselves right and perfect everything that we need to do so that we can be able to compete against any country.

"Everybody is aware that we still have to work hard to get to the level where many South Africans will be happy with our performance.

"I have no doubt in the team that we are building for the World Cup. We are all working hard to become world beaters."

On his milestone of 75 caps, Mokoena said: "It was not a great one after losing the match to Nigeria."

Mokoena said it will be a great honour for him to continue representing South Africa and would like to break the 100 caps barrier. The former Jomo Cosmos player is also confident Bafana Bafana will do well in their second game against Equatorial Guinea in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

"It is also important for us to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola. We will do a lot better against Equatorial Guinea. We are playing at home and cannot afford to lose."


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