World Cup 2010: Itumeleng Khune Confident South Africa Can Survive Group Stage

The South African shot-stopper is full of confidence...
South Africa recorded a 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener against Mexico and face a tough task to qualify for the next stage. Nevertheless, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is confident that Bafana Bafana can make it to the first knockout round.

"It doesn’t really matter who we meet, we have been working very hard on our game. We only want to do well in this competition, we owe our people that. As our coach has said, we respect everyone but we fear nobody, that is the spirit in our camp. Here in South Africa, we believe that nothing is impossible," said Khune to fifa.com.

"When we played Mexico, I couldn’t help but get emotional. It was touching to see our people like that. I’m young, I didn’t experience a lot of what happened in the past, but the truth is, I have seen the scars of what happened. It felt like we could do something to heal that, something to unite our people, that is why we have such strong will, the will to succeed.

"We have two games in our group, they are both very important. We respect both of them, but I know we can beat them. We played well against Mexico and we could have won the match, but it didn’t happen. Our goal is to go to the knockout stages, and from there, anything can happen."

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