- AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says he supports Bafana Bafana "100 percent"
- He added that he was against all quotas in sport, however
- Instead, Kriel argues that all players should be selected based on merit
Afrikaans lobby group AfriForum has given Bafana Bafana its vote of confidence ahead of the team's participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Kallie Kriel, AfriForum's CEO, said the organisation supported Bafana "100 percent".
Kriel added that AfriForum would support Bafana " even if there not a single white player in the team".
Kriel said that AfriForum does not support the view that if there are quotas for black players in rugby there should also be quotas for white players in soccer. Rather, Kriel says that all players on all teams should be selected purely based on merit.
Additionally, he said that AfriForum agrees that inequalities in South African need to be addressed. However, Kriel stressed that AfriForum does not believe quotas are the way to achieve this, according to Sowetan Live.
Kriel added that, provided the players were chosen on merit, he would "support a Springboks team with 15 black players".
Bafana are set to play their first Afcon match next month against Ivory Coast. The team, along with coach Stuart Baxter, have been making preparations for the tournament. Also, the final squad list is being decided.
It is predicted that the team will almost certainly include goalkeeper Darren Keet and midfielder Dean Furnam, among others, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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