Mother City cheers on Bafana Bafana
Written by Mbali Mokoko
The last time Bafana played in Cape Town, they were on the receiving end of a 3-0 drubbing to the very same Super Eagles of Nigeria. But things were very different this time as Bafana held Nigeria to a goalless draw at the Cape Town Stadium. People from The Mother City showed their love for football by coming out in numbers to support Bafana’s quest to qualify for Morocco 2015.
From the moment the opening whistle sounded, South Africa put on a great display of entertaining football. A slick short passing game, with some eye-catching one touch football from the likes of Oupa ‘Ace’ Manyisa and Andile Jali. Add that to the passion of Dean Furman, the skill of Sibusiso vilakazi and the steadfastness of Eric ‘Tower’ Mathoho and you can see the Cape Town crowd was treated to a great performance from the national team.
Bafana’s all-round performance was so encouraging that I’m sure our very own Minister of Sport Fikile ‘Razzmatazz’ Mbalula who called Bafana ‘a bunch of losers’ just a few months ago must have been impressed. I think Bafana will be happy with their points hall from these two AFCON qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria. Four points from a possible six is not bad considering their opposition. Although Bafana could have snatched all three points against Nigeria when Tokello Rantie had a great chance in the dying minutes of the game, the overall reaction from many that attended the game is that we are on the right track.
The match reminded me of how great sports are for bringing people together. That spirit of social cohesion was evident amongst the 32 444 fans that took to the Cape Town stadium. The Mother City was nippy but the citizens were there to witness and cheer on the boys. When our national teams play we forget about race, age, gender, everything. Next stop – Congo, Brazzaville.