Cape Town – Siya Kolisi, the World Cup-winning captain, has offered words of encouragement to the South African national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, following their 2-0 loss to Mali in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Despite the disappointing start, Kolisi expressed belief in the team’s ability to turn things around and reminded them of the historic moments associated with wearing the national jersey.
He urged the team to give their best effort and assured them of the nation’s support. Bafana Bafana is scheduled to face Namibia in their next Afcon match on January 21.
“Bafana Bafana, we just want to remind you who’s worn that jersey before you. Those were the glory years of our country. Those were the glory years of our team. I still believe we can turn it around and I wish you all the best for the Afcon. The whole country is behind you.
“We support you. We love you. You are a team that’s carried the nation in so many ways, please just give everything that you can and things will turn around.”
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu