WE kick-start our 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against the West African nation of Gambia this afternoon here at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Little is known of the Gambians as far as football exploits are concerned but we all know the pedigree of the West Africans.
We must never take any football playing nation for granted especially in this modern era in which we are living in. Football has changed across the globe and there are no minnows anymore.
Gambia would want to send out a statement out there and they would like to do so at our expense.
Bafana Bafana have re-emerged as continental powerhouses once again following the good run in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where the team went through the group stages without defeat and qualified for Equatorial Guinea with a game to spare.
We want to repeat that feat for Gabon 2017 and send out a clear warning to our opposition this afternoon.
With Mauritania and Cameroon also eyeing the only spot for the qualifiers in our Group, having a bright start and winning all home matches is of paramount importance.
I would like to thank the people of Durban for their loyal support for our Senior Men’s National Team.
Bafana Bafana have always received massive support on this part of the country and I would like to request the multitude of supporters to once again back our boys throughout the 90 minutes whether the chips are down or not.
We want to make the home ground count and Durbanites have always made visiting teams feel the hostility of Moses Mabhida Stadium hence the venue has become a fortress for Bafana Bafana.
We want to maintain the same momentum our Senior Men’s National Team has always carried from Moses Mabhida Stadium.
While the match must be played under FIFA’s Fair Play atmosphere, visiting teams must feel the brunt of this wonderful cauldron.
A win this afternoon would set the tone for the rest of the campaign hence we want our boys to stay focussed for the three points will be massive and critical since only one team from the group will advance to Gabon.
We need to do our own job and not rely on others to do us favours.
To Shakes Mashaba and the Boys, I would like to say ‘Good Luck’.
To the eThekwini Municipality, I would also like to extend my humble gratitude on behalf of my executive and all soccer loving people for having been great supporters of our national teams especially Bafana Bafana.
We appreciate your continued and solid support for the boys!