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Hlompho To Bafana – Make us South Africans Proud

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana tells iDiski Times that he is confident Bafana Bafana will do what’s needed, as Bafana head to Sudan for their final CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Sunday’s game will decide whether or not Bafana will head to the finals in Cameroon, as they look to avoid defeat to Sudan. A win or draw will guarantee South Africa’s progress. Ghana and Bafana are currently on 10 points in Group C, with Sudan one point behind. Ghana’s final opponents, Sao Tome & Principe are out of contention, having lost all five of their games so far.

Kekana, earned 30 caps for his country, his last international was back in 2019, when Bafana beat Egypt 1-0 at the last Cup of Nations finals.

Kekana, who turns 36 in May, tells iDiski Times that as a player who has donned the national kit, it’s very nervy to watch from home, and he is always on the edge of his seat.

“It will be huge! As a footballer who has represented the country, you’re always on the the edge of your couch, trying to play with them, it’s like you’re playing as well,” Kekana told iDiski Times.

“So ja, I hope they are refreshed now and are looking forward to the match. And I’m sure they will deliver and do the business, come Sunday.”

Kekana has played alongside many of the players, at both national and club level, and says he is confident that they they will make South Africa proud.

“Ja, it’s so personal, I wish them the very, very, very best of luck on the match.

“I’m sure they know the responsibility they are carrying on their shoulders, you know, to make sure that they make us South Africans proud.”

“Yeah, I hope and I’m sure they understand, they are all very professional, I’ve worked with them, and I know the amount of work that they are going to put in come match day.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.