- Former Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo feels the current crop of national players need to embrace what it means to play for Bafana Bafana
- He said players needed to understand wearing the jersey made them soldiers who represent the people of the country
- Khumalo said playing in a World Cup was the ultimate honour for a player
Former Bafana Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo has spoken about what it means to wear a Bafana Bafana jersey. Khumalo said the current crop of players representing the national side should embrace what it means to play for the team.
Khumalo said while he was a player former president Nelson Mandela had told the team that when a player put on the jersey that player should see himself as a soldier who represents all the people of the country.
Khumalo said he was slightly concerned by what he saw at the recent COSAFA Cup when Bafana was embarrassingly knocked out by Madagascar. He said it seemed as if the current players don’t have a firm understanding of what an honour it is to represent Bafana Bafana.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Khumalo was quick to point out that he was not taking anything away from the team. Khumalo said it just seemed as if some players did not fully grasp the honour which comes with wearing the Bafana jersey.
Khumalo also spoke about what he believed should motivate all footballers. He represented South Africa on 50 occasions and famously scored South Africa’s first international goal after the isolation ended.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Khumalo said representing Bafana at the World Cup should be at the top of every player’s list. He said any player who did not dream of representing his team on the biggest stage in the world might as well give up on playing.
Bafana has not managed to qualify for the World Cup since gaining automatic entry into the 2010 edition which was held in South Africa.
The team also failed to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup and will be hoping to qualify for the next edition of the African football showpiece.
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