1996 Afcon winner Linda Buthelezi has told Goal.com that having a South African coach like Igesund can bring back the glory days for fansDespite Bafana missing plenty of scoring opportunities in a friendly match against Norway on Tuesday, former Bafana midfielder Linda Buthelezi still has high hopes on the team and their coach.
Buthelezi said he respects Bafana's current coach Gordon Igesund because he is a South African and understands the 'Mzansi' style of football which he feels is what won them the Afcon in 1996.
“It's always easier to work with a coach who is from South Africa because he understands the culture and that is what Igesund is trying to do. I respect him and I can see that he is a man on a mission,” said Buthelezi.
Buthelezi said he believes that this team can go as far as reaching the semi-finals if only the goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune could keep his 'house' clean.
“Everything will depend on the goalkeeper (Khune). This is one individual who determines the mood and, motivation of the players," he said.
Buthelezi who also earned himself 27 caps in the national team said it will be the duty of the midfield players to be creative enough to create scoring opportunities.
"They must be creative to create chances for the strikers. Bernard Parker is a very talented striker and so he will need someone who will support him. The only player that I think can bring that flavour will be Thulani Serero,” he added.
Having been part of the class of 1996, he says Bafana Bafana stands a good chance and it will be up to the players to decide.
“They have a good coach who is making them play to their strengths and it will now be entirely on them to decide what they do on the field,” Concluded Buthelez