Gould: Hype Bafana like the English people do


The SuperSport United defender feels the media should paint a better picture of the senior national team, which would motivate players to perform well in the colours of the national team.

Bafana are involved in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, currently in second place in their group following a disappointing draw at home to Libya a fortnight ago.

Expectations were high after Bafana beat Nigeria in their first qualifier in Uyo last year, but they were unable to get a victory at home to Libya.

“Lets me make an example, I’m sure you watched the World Cup in Russia, the commentators. You know the commentators, which are English, right?

“They made England...bring the best out of England, because they always hype up the team, they always give the best commentators, they always give the utmost to their team, yet they, for me, [are a] average team that did very well in Russia. 

“If we can do exactly the same thing with our players, with all due respect, we might not be the best, we give our all. 

“And for them, as the guys in the media space, feeding the public positivity about the team, positivity about the environment, we can only draw strength and be better performers.

“On the day, through out the year, throughout whatever we go through, if they (public) are positive, we most definitely be the better sporting nation, a better united South Africa.”