Irvin Khoza congratulates Bafana Bafana for display against Senegal
Posted: 16 November 2016 Time: 12:29
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has issued a message of congratulations to Bafana Bafana following their 2-1 win over Senegal in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers last weekend.
Bafana managed to hold on for dear life as they beat the Lions of Teranga to restore the nations' hopes of a place at the global finals in less than two years’ time.
Speaking after being re-elected as the chairman of the NSL at Monte Casino on Tuesday, Khoza voiced his approval of the team’s display and believes consistency will guarantee the side a ticket to Russia.
“I want to congratulate Bafana Bafana because their display was encouraging, especially for us from the PSL seeing 98 percent of the players coming from the league, playing against such a quality side like Senegal,” Khoza said.
“It was refreshing. Football has it’s own controversies – whether it was a penalty or not is not for us [to judge], the referee’s word is final.
“But I guess they played above themselves and, if they can maintain this form, they give us hope that we will qualify for Russia, because I think a lot of us were excited on Saturday with that result.”
‘The Iron Duke’ also revealed his admiration for one player in particular, supposedly Mamelodi Sundowns star Keagan Dolly, who scuffed a good opportunity at goal with his weaker right foot in the second half.
“They [Bafana] could have scored more. There’s one of my favorite players, who I was hoping would score, and I’m going to tell him, ‘you must perfect your right [foot] man, don’t use your right [foot] only for balancing man’,” he added.
“If he had scored, I can’t imagine what it was going to do for this young man because he is the future of the national team – it was going to be a confidence booster for him.
“It would have also nullified the discussion of whether it was a penalty or not a penalty. That goal could have made a difference in just closing the door once and for all."
After two rounds of fixtures Bafana currently occupy second spot in Group D, level on four points with Burkina Faso, who have a superior goal difference.
Senegal are third with three points, while Cape Verde are bottom and have yet to register a point.