Khune says Rus­sia qual­i­fi­ca­tion a must

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

BAFANA Bafana goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune has praised SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan for his en­cour­ag­ing words be­fore the team left South Africa for Burk­ina Faso where they will take the home side in a Fifa 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier at Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium to­mor­row evening.

The Bafana Bafana first choice goal­keeper and only sur­viv­ing mem­ber of the 2010 World Cup which was hosted by South Africa, the first Fifa World Cup on the African soil, said it was al­ways im­por­tant for play­ers to re­ceive words of en­cour­age­ment from the “lead­er­ship of the coun­try” ahead of a cru­cial match.

“Those were words of wis­dom from Dr (Danny) Jor­daan and it is now up to us to im­ple­ment what he en­cour­aged us to go — make the coun­try proud,” said Khune.

On Mon­day, ahead of Bafana Bafana leav­ing for Burk­ina Faso, Jor­daan told the na­tional team to know that they were car­ry­ing the hopes of the 50 mil­lion plus peo­ple in South Africa and urged them to give their best when they take to the field to­mor­row.

Khune said it was vi­tal for South Africa to qual­ify for Rus­sia 2018 and spoke on the im­por­tance of the team start­ing the cam­paign with a pos­i­tive re­sult.

“It is crit­i­cal that we start this drive with a good re­sult and the rest will fol­low. Dr Jor­daan spoke how on our day we can be the team to beat but that we need to do that on con­stant ba­sis.”

Bafana Bafana had their first train­ing ses­sion on Wed­nes­day evening at the Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium in the Burk­ina Faso cap­i­tal of Oua­gadougou un­der flood­lights and had two more train­ing ses­sions yes­ter­day be­fore wrap­ping up the prepa­ra­tions with an­other evening ses­sion at the match venue. The match kicks off at 8PM South African time. The team flies out the fol­low­ing day, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, and head straight to Dur­ban for a friendly in­ter­na­tional against Ghana at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11. — Su­pers­port.

Robin van Per­sie

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