Bafana team-spirit at all-time high

Itumeleng Khune: South Africa goalkeepers have great team spirit

Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 03:22 pm

The three Bafana Bafana goalkeepers huddled together after the draw against Morocco – and Itumeleng Khune and Wayne Sandilands say the whole team is a tight-knit group.

Bafana came back from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Atlas Lions in their last Group A match, to make it through to the knockout round, and at the sound of the final whistle, when the rest of the players celebrated at the centre of the field, Senzo Meyiwa, Khune and Sandilands were kneeling in a hug next to the goalposts with the cameras zooming in on them.

Khune, who has played every minute in the tournament so far, was chosen the Orange Man of the Match, and his co-keeper Sandilands says the three keepers, who each represent one of the 'big three' PSL clubs, are “good friends”.

“We all know it’s not about us as individuals, it’s about the country,” the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper says. “We all know we have a role to play and we have to play that role as best as we can. We are professionals on the field, but we are also good friends off it.

“We respect each other and we also push each other as best as we can because at the end of the day it’s about the country. We know that if we are not playing we push the one that is playing to do his best. We give the support to each other because we want the same when selected to play. As players we are hungry to give our best and keep performing well, and God-willing that will take us all the way to the final to do our country proud. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some players so we have to make the most of it.”

Khune agrees that there is great team spirit in the camp, and a healthy relationship among the goalkeepers.

“Yes, there is a great team spirit but also it shows the healthy competition we have. We support each other, we are always there for each other. But what I like most about Senzo and Wayne, even during the game, whether after conceding a goal or making a save, they are always encouraging me to do more and that’s what keeps me going during the 90 minutes because I know I have the support of the other goalkeepers,” Khune says.

“I don’t think there is anything that will stop us if we show that great team spirit. And it’s not only the goalkeepers but also the in-field players as well who are behind us all the way, we all have a great team spirit in camp and I believe that’s why we have come this far.”

Bafana Bafana take on Mali in the quarter-finals at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 2.

Previous comments on this story...

TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:28 pm
Good luck to Bafana! Our only hope rests on the shoulders of Sangweni as our second-last line of defence as well as our first line and last line of attack and scoring!

Angazi what is our current jersey number 17 doing thus far. Can someone please brainwash me? Tl tl tl

we have a paraplegic sitting on the bench with 75 caps, world cup experience,Confed,afcon x2, trip to Brasil n Germany, trials in the 2nd division Forest n Palace yet failed with flying colours.
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:30 pm
Its not team spirit it is the Championship Spirit of Orlando Pirates oozing in Sangweni,Meyiwa,Ace and Matlaba and rubbing off to the other 19 odds
BeeMa
posted: 03:32 pm
How i will my team can sign all these keepers. Then we will be the National team for real...

Khosi Today, Tomorrow and Always.
Football Fanatic
posted: 03:32 pm
The pic says it all, if only all the foul mouthed fans can catch some of this.All the best to the boys!
Koool
posted: 03:33 pm
Good spirit, UNITED we stand...divided we fall!!! I have got a feeling that this weekend is gonna be a gooooood weekend(singing in 1st part tone lol)...
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:33 pm
There was NO Spirit in the bedroo-Minnie Dlamini said
Bizzabo1
posted: 03:34 pm
Well Mr editor there is no one in that team who knows anything about hight spirits except the Quad from Orlando ..

What have they done in the past 5 yrs to experience such. good influence by guys that are used to winning.

The ligitimate captain will once again lead by example
-Cl!ck-
posted: 03:34 pm
This picture sums it all..

Bib-wearing reserves giving their heroic icon all the respect he deserves..

Next pic..

Bib-wearing Manyisa & Myeni lifting their heroic icon Majoro after he scores his brace.. (@G.I. Please note: Manyisa & Myeni will need to wear their gum-gaurds though)
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:34 pm
I wish he could transfer his Hlokoloza moves to bed-Minnie Dlamini said
kenkaba
posted: 03:35 pm
Yes, so high. And thats when the fall is always loudest. Viva mali viva
KINGBOSKE
posted: 03:35 pm
In Bafana we trust
Nkomazifinest
posted: 03:36 pm
Now no story here
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:38 pm
By Default of being Proudly South African Bafana Bafana is having my support!!!
BUCSOVIC
posted: 03:38 pm
Just keep working hard guys, the nation is behind you all the way!

Ignore these fools who post nasty comments here.

Pele ke mo re eang Bafana Bafana!!!!!!!
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:39 pm
Like Bafana Bafana Itu used to start well in foreplay only to disapoint by not reaching the Climax-Minnie Dlamini decried of his former lover
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 03:39 pm
High spirit doesnt mean Shabba can kick the ball with his right leg let alone to score a goal! but Sangweni is giving him free lessons
Tico MP
posted: 03:40 pm
I THINK THe ARTIST; slikour....WAS WRONG WHEN HE NAMED HIS ONE OF HIS SONGS; 'blacks are fools'....................he meant to say; RATS ARE FOOLS
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:41 pm
Itu is a good Goalkeeper but very horrible in bed -Minnie Dlamini said
Tico MP
posted: 03:42 pm
-Cl!ck-

posted: 03:34 pm | Report

This picture sums it all..

Bib-wearing reserves giving their heroic icon all the respect he deserves..

Next pic..

Bib-wearing Manyisa & Myeni lifting their heroic icon Majoro after he scores his brace.. (@G.I. Please note: Manyisa & Myeni will need to wear their gum-gaurds though)
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GWA GWA GWA GWA
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:44 pm
Itu would have been the worst Golfer he just does not know the hole-Minnie Dlamini confessed painfully
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