Roger De Sa praises Itumeleng Khune's Olympic heroics and tips the team to go far


The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, one of three over-aged players in the squad, put up a spirited show at the Mane Garrincha Stadium – effectively marshalling his defence as well as pulling off crucial saves throughout the match.

Even when South Africa were reduced to 10 men early in the second half, following the dismissal of Mothobi Mvala, Khune and his defenders managed to thwart the numerous Brazilian raids until the final whistle – much to the frustration of the home fans.

De Sa, himself a former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, tells that Khune’s exploits were among one of the highlights of a match that underlined the team’s potential to progress to the next stage of the tournament.        

“His (Khune’s) performance was very good. He made at least two decisive saves and this enabled us to remain in the game,” De Sa says.

“He showed his experience in that match because Brazil were always going to be dangerous. They are the hosts and they are a great name in world football.”

De Sa also lauded the collective performance of the team, pointing out that their performance against Brazil will boost their confidence ahead of their other matches.

“To me, it was not only about Khune. The whole team did well and I really think that da Gama and his men can take us far in this tournament.

“Abbubaker Mobara, Keagan Dolly and Gift Motupa played very well. This is a team made up of a very determined lot and they deserve our support,” the former Orlando Pirates coach noted.