Bafana Bafana supporters ecstatic over weekend victory

Monday, March 30, 2009

Rustenburg - Thousands of Bafana Bafana supporters were overwhelmed by the national team's 2-1 win over Norway on Saturday at the Mandela Challenge Cup in Rustenburg.

Dressed in their green and yellow Bafana Bafana outfits, supporters sang songs of victory, blew their colourful vuvuzelas and waved South African flags during the big international spectacle dubbed the Peace Cup, at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Speaking to BuaNews after the 2 -1 victory against Norway, many supporters expressed their excitement and confidence over Bafana Bafana's victory and the progress made ahead of this year's FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Lerato Moleke, 21, of Tlhabane village was one of the excited Bafana Bafana supporters who attended the game.

"I am very happy about our national team; they did a great job in this game. This shows that if they can play this good, we can do better during the FIFA Confederations Cup this year."

She further told BuaNews that the Royal Bafokeng stadium looked "stunning" after the renovations.

An exited Nthabiseng Pule, 17, from Dinokaneng village was also excited about the national team's victory and the newly re-opened Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

"I am here in the stadium for the first time to support Bafana Bafana, this is my team and I will make sure that every time they play I will come to support them.

"They did an excellent job during the game and I do hope that they excel during the Confederations Cup this year," she said.

Former Bafana Bafana player, Mark Williams was also overwhelmed by the team's performance during the match.

"Our team played very well, I would like to congratulate and encourage them to do well even in the Confederations Cup this year.

"The players are committed and determined to play for the national team. I think we are surely making huge strides in preparation ahead of the international soccer tournaments," he told BuaNews.

Regarding the stadium, Mr Williams said it looked great and that no player or coach would complain about the standard of the pitch.

He said he was confident that standard of other stadia would be equally as good as the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and that South Africa is capable of hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"I am happy that most of the stadia have been completed for the Confederations Cup. This on its own tells the world that South Africa is capable of hosting big events," he said.

Another former player, Shoes Moshoeu said that Bafana Bafana had excellent players and the performance the team displayed on Saturday makes him confident that they will excel at the Confederations Cup.

"I would also like to congratulate the players on their win and wish them good luck for this year Confederations Cup," he said.

Assistance Coach of the national team Pitso Mosimane expressed satisfaction about Bafana Bafana's win and the support that they received in the match.

"I am very impressed about the level of support from the South Africans; they really came in large numbers to support Bafana Bafana.

"I would like on behalf of the players to thank them and urge them to do the same in future to encourage our players,"