World Cup 2010: South Africa Number One Itumeleng Khune - The Fans Are Boosting Us

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the energy created by the fans as the World Cup nears is proving a confidence booster for the team.
The Asians are the first opponents that Bafana will come up against in the final camp being staged at home.

"It has been a motivation to see that people are behind us and we are happy with the support we get everywhere we go. Even at training, the stadiums are packed and the messages that they are sending to us makes us proud, so we have to go out there and do the same for them," said the Kaizer Chiefs' keeper, according to

Although the issue of the quality of opposition that Bafana has come up against in past friendly games has been of concern to Khune, he believes any test is okay and adds that they will not be underestimating Thailand.

"I really think it is good that when going into a competition like the World Cup you play against strong sides. But you have to understand that the strong sides are not there to play against, so we must accept any country that is prepared to play with us because we need to play more and games in order for us to see whether we are ready or not.

"So far I think we have done well in the games that we have played against other nations. I think we may also have Argentina coming which will give us a good test as well.

"We still have five more friendly games to play before we go to the World Cup. After that, we will be able to do well as a team.

"I have shown what I can do for the country in the Confederations Cup and I think it is possible for me to do the same at the World Cup," said the man who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on June 20 during the World Cup.

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