Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is sold out for Saturday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash between hosts South Africa and Mali. After seeing their team top Group A, Bafana Bafana fans are optimistic about the side’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals.
The players themselves are more low-key about their chances, but coach Gordon Igesund clearly has their full confidence and support, and they believe they can win under him.
Their most recent match, a 2-2 draw with Morocco, saw Bafana twice come back from behind and display the kind of fighting character that had been missing for some time.
“Being in the quarter-finals is never easy and it gets more difficult because everyone wants to be in the last four,” Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo said earlier in the week.
“Regardless of who we would have come up against, our main objective is to proceed to the next round. Mali are a very useful side, but we are now motivated and we will give it our all.”
Vice-captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, the man of the match in the draw with Morocco, said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing the Eagles, who are ranked 25th in the world by Fifa.