Bafana put in another day of hard work


Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira tried different combinations in midfield with Lance Davids alternating with Teko Modise in a role ahead of captain, Aaron Mokoena.

However, Modise who has been arguably Bafana Bafana’s best player in the past eight months is expected to start ahead of Blackburn Rovers hopeful, Davids.

It is upfront where the coach should be concerned though because strikers Sibusiso Zuma and Surprise Moriri missed lots of chances. If what happened at training is anything to go by, then Bafana Bafana will have it tough against the uncompromising Angolans.

Bryce Moon, high from two impressive performances against Mozambique and Botswana, is confident that they will see through Angola.

“We do not know much about them but from what I have seen in a couple of highlights, they are a good side. We are, however, more than prepared as a team to face Angola.

“In the past two games Tshepo (Masilela) and I managed to go up more, but it might be difficult this time around. If it happens though we are not very worried as we have a capable cover in Aaron Mokoena for any of us if we go up,” says the Ajax Cape Town winger-cum-right-back.

Moon, a member of the National Under-23 team that failed to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing later this year, feels that making it to the Nations Cup does in some way make up for the failure of playing in Beijing.

“It is an honour to represent my country in the Nations Cup, so as a team we are not even thinking about losing. The country is expecting a lot from us and it is a kind of pressure that you have to take when you play for the national team.

“I would have loved to play in the Olympics, but now I am here and who knows what might happen…there will be scouts here looking for players. Olympic qualifiers have prepared me for this tournament.

“When we arrived here we knew what to expect and the coach spoke to us about the harsh conditions here,” he adds.

Itumeleng Khune, who will be sitting on the bench, says he will be ready to grab his chance if something happens to Moeneeb Josephs.

“It will be tough but I will be ready to fill his big gloves,” says a visibly shy Itumeleng Khune, who had admitted earlier that he prefers print media interviews as compared to television cameras. The likeable youngster was at his brilliant self thwarting almost every move from his teammates during training.

“I did not expect to be second to Moeneeb. I know that if something happens to him, I will have to be ready to take over. We are all here to work and we all should be prepared to play whenever we are called to do so,” says the Kaizer Chiefs’ number one minder.

“I do not know much about Angola, but what I have read is that Angola has never beaten us before. We need to be careful though as all teams are here to win the tournament. It is important for us to win the first game,” he adds.