BAFANA Bafana striker Katlego Mphela believes that the days of the team not scoring goals will now come to an end.
Killer, as he is commonly known, was speaking to the media after the South African Senior Men’s National Team’s training session yesterday at the Royal Marang Sports Complex in Phokeng near Rustenburg.
Bafana Bafana will play in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifier against Ethiopia. The match will take place this coming Sunday at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng.
This is the national team’s second week in camp.
“We all know goal scoring has been a problem but I believe with time we will get it right. There is a healthy competition for strikers which is good. Siyabonga Nomvethe and Eleazar Rodgers did very well during the PSL season that just ended and it’s good to have them here, we are all hoping they will continue scoring goals even for the nation,” said Mphela.
Killer was full of praise for Nomvethe.
“He has been scoring goals, and at the moment is on a high. I think he is one of the most confident players in the team, he has the experience as he has been there before so I believe he will bring a different dimension to the team,” added Mphela.
“As for Ethiopia we are in for a busy afternoon. They have very fit players who run the entire match and will give our defence a hard time, but we are ready for them.”
Defender Anele Ngcongca agrees with Mphela on the strength of Ethiopia, but also points out that the Bafana Bafana defence has been doing very well in the last few matches.
“If you look back the defence has been solid, just that the team did not score enough goals. We believe we now have enough firepower with the kind of strikers in camp. On paper it’s an easy match, but on the field it’s a different story altogether, but we will do our best to overcome them,” said Ngcongca.
“For most teams playing South Africa is like a cup final so they will make things difficult for us. They are stubborn in defence and have lots of energy, but they will not come at us and instead try to catch us on a counter. This could be a tricky clash let’s just hope we come out on top this Sunday.”
The defender also believes a good crowd at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace could be the boost the team needs.
“Crowds play a big role for us as players. I know we haven’t been winning games but this is one of the matches where we need our supporters behind so we start the 2014 campaign on a good note,” said Ngcongca.
Bafana Bafana defender Siyabonga Sangweni will miss the team’s afternoon training session after a recurring ankle injury he aggravated in the morning training session.
The medical department is awaiting results from the MRI scan.