Bafana Bafana assistant coach and legend Helman Mkhalele has challenged the new bunch of players in the national team to write their own history, starting with the international friendly encounter against Uganda this evening in Soweto at Orlando Stadium.
Mkhalele will be the sole custodian from the touchline after the second assistant coach in Cedomir Janevski tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday with Bafana’s newly appointed coach Hugo Broos back home in Belgium to receive his second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The former Bafana Bafana winger said the new players called up for national duty must have first and foremost a positive attitude.“The first victory is in the mind. With a positive attitude, normally the rest will fall into place. Have a right mental attitude, communicate with your teammates more often and above all, believe,’’ he said.
Mkhalele asked the newly assembled team to wear the Bafana Bafana jersey with pride, as they will be representing the 60 million-plus South Africans.
‘’Not everyone has an opportunity to represent one’s country and when the opportunity avails itself, grab it with both hands and make yourself, your family, and the country proud,’’ added Mkhalele, who won 66 caps.
‘’You can notice that 80 percent of the players are new caps in addition to that we also lost 6 players to injuries and Covid-19. The rebuilding plan also includes most of the U23 players currently doing duty for the country in Egypt.
“We did not include any of the U23 players on the basis that they are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and have travelled to Egypt. We believe that this perspective is important as we will continue to evaluate all the players until we find the probable new Bafana Bafana team.’’
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By FARPost Reporter