- Bafana Bafana captain Siyanda Xulu has called on his players to restore the nation’s pride in the team by winning the COSAFA Cup plate
- Bafana Bafana will face Namibia in the plate semi-final on Tuesday in Polokwane
- Xulu admits that the team should have done better, but noted that the players had been together for a very short period of time
Bafana Bafana captain Siyanda Xulu has called on his young side to pick themselves up and restore the nation’s pride in the team by winning the COSAFA Cup plate.
Bafana will face Namibia in the plate semi-final on Tuesday in Polokwane. This comes after a shock defeat to minnows Madagascar in the COSAFA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Xulu admits that Bafana should have done better but noted that as a group the players had been together for an incredibly short time and only had a couple of days to prepare for the encounter.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Xulu noted that the loss would serve as a character building exercise for the young players and the pain the team felt at the moment could stand the players in good stead in the future.
Xulu called on the players to act like professionals and soldier on in the tournament. He said by winning the plate competition the team would at least be able to salvage some kind of pride by making the best of a bad situation.
He said: “The main prize is gone, but we have to play for the plate – we have to do it for the nation and bring back our pride, we have a few days to rectify that, and I think it’s obviously a bitter pill to swallow for now but we have to soldier on and face the next challenge.”
KickOff.co.za reported that the match against Madagascar was Xulu’s first as captain of Bafana.
Earlier this week Briefly.co.za reported that Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said he would not change his philosophy of giving young players international experience. Baxter said he would continue with his current policy which was aimed at building a team for the future.
The match against Namibia is scheduled to start at 17:00 on Tuesday.
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