Phakaaathi Reporter
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5 Oct 2017
4:52 pm

Manyama admits Bafana are in trouble

Phakaaathi Reporter

Bafana Bafana forward Lebogang Manyama has admitted the national team is facing a mammoth task of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Lebogang Manyama with Bafana coach Stuart Baxter (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

South Africa face Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium on Saturday. That match will be followed by back-to-back qualifiers against Senegal next month.

“To be quite honest, we are in trouble,” Manyama told Safa Media.

“We put ourselves in there, and we are the only ones who can take ourselves out. It’s up to us to get a good result on Saturday before we can think of anything else. We know it’s not going to be easy, but I think we have a lot of quality in the side. It’s a matter of doing what the coach wants – it has worked before so why can’t it work on Saturday?”

Manyama has appealed to the football supporters to rally behind Bafana on Saturday.

“We know what has happened in the last two games, and people have lost confidence in us, but we must take the lead to bring back the confidence, and everybody else will follow. We need their support. We have the quality, we have the coach, and I believe we have the country that can take us where we want to go, starting on Saturday.

“Like I always say, all for one and one for all. We need the whole nation. If we can have a packed stadium whenever you touch the ball, it builds confidence, and in a way everything goes right when you have fans behind you. I think we are going to need them more than ever, so come show your love for Bafana Bafana,” concluded the former Cape Town City captain.