Baloyi: Bafana is ready to go out and fight for the nation

With just one day to go before the Afcon 2013 starts, former Bafana goalkeeper Brian Baloyi has told SA that the players know what to do

“The president, minister and a lot of people have spoken to the boys and there is no more motivation that will work for them now. Fortunately I know most of them personally and I know that right now they have switched off to some advices and they are ready to go out there and fight,” said Baloyi.

The goalkeeper who made a name for himself at Kaizer Chiefs said he has high hopes on the boys.

“In my soccer experience as a player, there was never such a time where all the players thought how to lose. Every team wants to win and do well but it doesn't always work out that way. I believe that with the current crop of players we have, they are determined to do well for the country,” he said.

“The experience players will have a significant role to play, and he (coach Gordon Igesund) must use the likes of Parker, Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane on their strengths,” said Baloyi.

Having played with Bafana Bafana’s number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, Baloyi said he is proud of him but he must never forget that in football you are as good as your last game.

“I am so proud of him, I think in the past two seasons he has done incredibly well. But that doesn’t mean he must stop learning and desiring to improve his game.

“He is more matured now and I am sure he is one of the players that are going to have a great Afcon and contribute positively to the team,” said Baloyi.

Baloyi concluded by saying that the players must not try to fill the shoes of the 1996 squad but they must go and write their own history.

“There is no turning back, this is not a time to stop and think what the nation is saying, who is negative or who is not supporting, but you hold on as a team and fight,” concluded Baloyi.