Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Ace Khuse has told Goal.com South Africa that Bafana will have to be passionate for the country, not finances during the Afcon
Following on reports that the Bafana crop have been promised a million rand each if they lift the cup, Khuse believes that hard work should be the main motivation.
“Yes, money does bring motivation but at this point in time, the players should be motivated by the fact that there will be millions of people from South Africa and across the world watching them. They must pride themselves as they wear that jersey and tell themselves that this is the opportunity for them to write their names in the record books,” he said.
The legend who is now working at Chiefs said commitment and hard work is what gets the team far. He said since most people are underrating them, then that should be their other motivating factor.
“This is a great opportunity for our players to let the ball do the talking and prove their critics wrong. They can only achieve that through hard work and commitment,” added Khuse.
With the majority of the players from the Bafana setup coming from Chiefs, Khuse said he wishes that it could not be about Chiefs but rather the national team.
“As much as I would have love to see Chiefs players doing well, but I think for now we need to put the country first and come up with strategies that will benefit the nation.
“Yes, there will be a lot of eyes on Itumeleng Khune being the goal keeper, Siphiwe Tshabalala in creating those goals that Bernard Parker must net, so I understand the pressure and I wish all of them the best of luck including Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siboniso Gaxa, Tshepo Masilela and Lehlohonolo Majoro."
Talking about his hopes, Khuse is praying that South Africa reaches the semi-finals.
"I am praying and believing that it will happen. Once we reach the semi-finals anything can happen and the best team from there can possibly win. But if our players want respect and to be honoured they must work hard and use this opportunity," said Khuse.