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I'm relieved - teko modise

By unknown | Oct 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana's campaign to prepare for the 2010 World Cup is back on track after their failure to qualify for the MTN Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

This is according to creative midfielder Teko Modise after they defeated Malawi 3-0 in an international friendly at Germiston Stadium on Tuesday night.

At a post-match media briefing, captain Modise said they wanted to maintain their winning form in order to win the hearts of South Africans again.

Bafana Bafana complete their Afcon qualifiers with an away game in the capital Malabo against Equatorial Guinea on October 11.

Ironically, Equatorial Guinea are the only team Bafana Bafana beat during the qualifiers on June 12, which was also their last victory prior to.

"I was impressed with the manner we played, especially the new players in the team. We told ourselves as players that we owe it to the nation to win," said Modise. "The most encouraging thing about the win over Malawi is that we were able to score, which bodes well for our campaign to prepare a solid team for the World Cup.

"We hope the habit of scoring goals will continue against Equatorial Guinea in the build-up to the Confederations Cup and World Cup."

Modise's sentiments were echoed by coach Joel Santana, who added that their plan was to end the qualifiers with a comprehensive win.

A clearly relieved Santana had the media personnel present in stitches when he said he would now have great dreams after Tuesday's win.

"I always tell my players to go for a win, no matter who we are playing against. It is very important that we get a win in Equatorial Guinea."

Santana commended the entire team for a job well done in the game where Bernard Parker scored a brace. The other goal came from Daine Klate.

Santana said he would meet with his joint assistant coaches, Pitso Mosimane and Jairo Leal, before naming the players to face Equatorial Guinea.

Santana said they first wanted to have a look at the DVD of Malawi's game to decide which players to add to the tried and tested overseas-based members.

Nakedi Lekota, Bafana Bafana head of delegation, said: "It's good to see so many South Africans happy with the team, we just have to be consistent."

l In Sowetan's match report yesterday, we erroneously referred to Siphiwe Tshabalala as Sophie, a mistake which occurred during the spell check process. We apologise unreservedly to Tshabalala for the error.


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