WITH only one day to go before the historic 2010 Fifa World Cup kickoff, Bafana Bafana have pledged to come to the party in the tournament, starting by winning their opening match against Mexico.
Captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena said Bafana Bafana were mentally and psychologically ready for the World Cup.
"Our preparations for the World Cup have gone very well. The training camps in Durban, Brazil, Germany and Johannesburg have helped us to be in the best shape of our lives. The team is fit and ready for the big war and undoubtedly the biggest in the history of South African soccer.
"We cannot afford to disappoint.
"We are playing at home and the good thing is that the whole country is behind us, which is something that serves as a big motivation for all of us.
"As players we are very excited to see many of our people flying the national flag on their cars, houses, offices, airports and in the streets.
"South Africans will serve as a 12th player, not only in the game against Mexico but throughout the tournament.
"It is also good to see our people wearing the Bafana Bafana replica jerseys.
"We will do our utmost to make them happy to be South Africans in this tournament."
The successful but down-to-earth Mokoena said they wanted to emulate the Class of 1996, who won the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
The Class of 1996, which included Doctor Khumalo, Phil Masinga, Neil Tovey and Lucas Radebe, started that Afcon campaign with a bang by hammering Cameroon 3-0.
"The opening matches are always crucial," Mokoena said. "We have to get a positive result against Mexico.
"The team has improved tremendously.
"We are happy that we (Bafana Bafana) now keep the ball for a longer time. We have also regained our appetite for goals.
"This augurs well for our plan to do well in the World Cup."