Meyiwa braced for Congo return


Pirates reached the final of CAF's premier club event in 2013, with Meyiwa shining on their travels on the continent.

The Buccaneers eventually fell to Egyptian giants Al Ahly at the last hurdle, having dispatched the likes of DRC's TP Mazembe and Congo's AC Leopards en-route to the event decider.

Meyiwa told Bucs' website ahead of Saturday's tie: “I am fortunate enough to have been played in the African Champions League last year. Our trips to the DRC as well as Congo where we played AC Leopards, was a real eye-opener. I will draw inspiration from this exposure and try to share my experience with my Bafana Bafana teammates.

“I have already told some of the guys that it will not be easy. They must be prepared to have their mental toughness tested but I keep on reminding them that we are going to war for our country and that’s all they need to remember when we go to Congo. The environment will be hostile, there will be a lot of mind games but we just have to be mentally strong and focus on our game and doing well for the country.

“I can recall the match against TP Mazembe, it was a hard battle and I think because of what we experienced that day, Pirates changed [for the better]. We knew we can achieve anything we set our minds to and I think that is why we won over the respect of the TP Mazembe fans that day. We can do the same with Bafana Bafana this weekend, we can overcome our challenge against Congo. I truly believe it,” insisted the 27-year-old.

Bafana beat Sudan 3-0 away in their Group A opener on Shakes Mashaba's return to the national hotseat. They were then held to a goalless draw by African champions Nigeria in Cape Town on 10 September.

Congo top the log with six points following wins over the Super Eagles and the Falcons of Jediane. Bafana are second with four points, three ahead of Nigeria, while Sudan are yet to open their account.