Goal.com spoke exclusively with Bafana keeper Moeneeb Josephs about the state of the host nation ahead of the tournament.Welcome to Goal.com - Know Your Rivals for the World Cup 2010!
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Speaking to Goal.com, talented Bafana shotstopper Moeneeb Josephs said: “The preparations [for the World Cup] are in the final stages. I think the team is beginning to shape up and everyone looks sharper. We are taking it one day at a time; these friendly matches we are playing are going to help us a lot.”
The Orlando Pirates keeper is battling it out with Kaizer Chiefs goalie Itumeleng Khune for the South African number one jersey, and Josephs commented: “The goalkeeping coach has been helping us a lot. We have been working hard. The coach's decision is final. I don't know if I will be number one but I am working hard and it is up to the coach to make that call.”
When asked what message he would want to send to the fans who will be lighting up the host nation during the tournament, he replied: “To the nation, I say support us and love us because we are representing you. We will make you proud.”
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