FOLLOWING his big win at the SA Sports Awards last night, where he was voted Sports Star of the Year, Bafana Bafana captain and keeper Itumeleng Khune encouraged fans to come out and support the team in numbers as they face World Champions Spain tomorrow night at FNB Stadium.
Khune received over 2.7 million votes by the public which earned him the award ahead of swimmer Chad Le Clos, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole and distance runner Mapaseka Makhanya.
At a press conference that took place earlier today at FNB Stadium, an elated Khune said, “Hard work pays, but I never would have won this award if it wasn’t for the help of my teammates, coaches and most importantly, Bafana Bafana’s fans who have supported me every step of the way.”
Khune went on to call on his fans and the Bafana Bafana fans to buy their tickets to the world-class show-down between Spain and South Africa saying that though tomorrow’s game is going to be a tough one, Bafana Bafana will be giving it their best.
Coach Gordon Igesund echoed this sentiment, saying that Bafana Bafana will be playing this game like it’s a cup final, as will Spain. “There is no such thing as a friendly when you’re playing at this level,” said
Igesund. “No player from either team is not going to work hard on the field tomorrow night because every player wants to be chosen for the squad. Spain are going to be fired up and playing for a win and I wouldn’t expect anything less. The top teams in the world are at the top because there are no friendly games. That’s what professionalism is all about.”
Win or lose, there can be no doubt that the South African and Spanish fans alike can expect an epic showdown when the two teams meet.
Tickets for the match are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. Tickets cost R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier.
There are also suite ticket packages available for R895 and R1650.