Goal.com South Africa writer Lunga Ntuli will cover Bafana in Durban, and this is his first diary from where SA play two group matches
I was truly touched and inspired by President Jacob Zuma’s words as he said there are many critics and some of them have never even played football. What is important here is for both parties to understand their roles and never get carried away by emotions.
Standing next to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula with the Bafana players and coach Gordon Igesund, Zuma addressed the nation and players. He knew he had to inspire as Nelson Mandela did in 1996.
“We have come to tell the national team that they must relax. They must not be tense and they must not listen to all these critics,” said Zuma.
Bafana will spend most of their Group A matches in Durban, which is known as South Africa’s playground and the warmest city. I am quite confident that the fans will provide the support that the team needs.
The fans contribution is needed and they can only make their contribution by having faith on the national team. As the world’s greatest boxer Muhammad Ali once said, that most of his battles were won before the actual fight, and that proves how vital faith is. Fans need to start speaking positive things about their team and understand that their tongue has the ability to build or destroy.
In most cases when people are setting goals, they are told that they need to be realistic. If Bafana were to be realistic then they won’t even advance to the next round of Group A as they are ranked the lowest out of them all. The greatest achievements were accomplished by teams who dreamed and made their dreams come true with true inspiration and hard work.
Here in Durban, I can already sense the vibe in most places and I am quite happy that the tickets are selling well. The good news that the there will be free transport, so go and experience it live.