Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
BOXING, the black sheep of local sporting codes, yesterday threw its weight behind Bafana Bafana's pursuit of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
They expressed their support by signing a Bafana replica jersey at Boxing South Africa's offices in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
Those who put their signatures on the jersey included BSA chairperson Peter Ngatane, Archie Jonas, interim chief executive Loyiso Mtya and Brian Mitchell, who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, Nika Khumalo, Bongani Mwelase, champions William Gare, Moruti Mthalane, MacBute Senyabi, Isaac Chilemba and Gideon Buthelezi also signed messages of hope on the Bafana replica jersey that will be represented to Safa today.
Others who signed the jersey were accomplished boxing trainers Nick Durandt, Harold Volbrecht, Johnny du Plooy and Elias Tshabalala. They all said playing at home could be enough to see Carlos Alberto Parreira's charges reaching the semifinals of the tournament.
"They will rise to the occasion," said the colourful Durandt.
Mitchell added: "We are proudly South African and want Bafana Bafana to know that the boxing fraternity is fully behind them."
Mtya said that if Bafana fall, the boxing fraternity will have a bucketful of ice to revive them in order for Bafana to continue to defend African pride.
"We have done it in boxing and we are going to do it in football," the burly Mtya said.