Grobler retains AFCON belief


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Grobler was part of the Bafana squad which was held to a goalless draw by Libya in the 2019 AFCON qualifier played at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban a fortnight ago.

Bafana’s next two matches are against Group E whipping boys Seychelles, which is a good opportunity for the team to get six points.

At 30 years old, Grobler is aware he may not get too many more chances to feature in Africa’s premier tournament.

“I am not getting any younger. I am not old, but I am not young, so I need to use the opportunities that I get [in the national team] and I got to cherish them. I hope the opportunities keep coming. Hopefully I can keep performing and playing with the national team,” Grobler told, before touching on the disappointing result on home soil against Libya.

“It’s been a difficult period for the national team and it’s not really getting easier. The game against Libya was frustrating and it was a tougher game than what people really gave Libya credit for. They are a good team and they really gave us a tough time. A lot of people underestimate African teams and some of the smaller teams. For me there are no longer smaller teams in Africa. If you look at some of the results, it’s interesting. There’s a long way to qualify and we know what to do.”

Grobler says this will probably be the last opportunity for some of Bafana’s players to potentially play at the AFCON.

“It will be massive [to play at the AFCON]. For myself and a few other players in the team, we are not young anymore and this could be the last time we get to play in a competition like this. Football changes every year, it could be the last game you ever play, you know.

“Right now we need to focus on giving it our best shot. As a player you want to play in big tournaments. We are a big country and we now need to show it.”