Meyiwa: Luck wasn’t on our side

Bafana were eliminated in their first game of the tournament – losing on penalties to Madagascar in the quarterfinal; however, they went on to win the plate section after convincingly beating neighbours Namibia and Botswana.

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Meyiwa, who was part of his second Bafana camp after making his senior debut in the CHAN qualifiers last year, was happy to have gotten another run, but feels luck wasn’t on their side as they crashed out of the running for the main prize.

However, the 18-year-old centre-mid is upbeat about the way forward and wishes to take the positives from the tournament, which was held in Polokwane. 

“I played two matches and I am grateful to the coaching staff at Bafana Bafana,” Meyiwa told his club’s website upon his return from national duty.

“I am happy to have gotten game-time, but at the same time disappointed not to have properly won the COSAFA Cup.

“Luck was not on our side. We tried our best and we will take the positives and move forward.”

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Alongside him in the recent Bafana camp were fellow junior national teammates Lyle Foster and Khulekani Khubeka, who Meyiwa feels proud to have graduated with.

“The Bafana camp was great because we gelled as a team and the spirit was great. Most of us played together from the junior levels,” he added.

“For example, I played with Lyle Foster and Khulekani Kubheka from the Under-17s upwards. It is great to see us slowly graduating to the senior levels.”

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The teenager also called on more of the country’s young supporters to get behind the national team.

“Youth must take this as an encouragement to reach for their dreams. I just wish that more youth would support the team,” concluded Meyiwa.

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