Gould hopeful of filling FNB Stadium

The Stallions are in Johannesburg preparing for their Group D 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the FNB Stadium this Saturday.

Bafana have not played at the 2010 World Cup venue since their 5-0 drubbing to Brazil back in March 2014, and are known to attract meagre crowds at The Calabash.

Despite early reports suggesting less than 500 tickets have been sold, with only four days until matchday, Gould is hopeful that there will be very few open seats come 15h00 on Saturday. 

“I don’t think we’re going to see orange seats come Saturday, because people are going to come out in their numbers,” said Gould.

“The less [open seats] the better, even if it’s not the case, we’re just going to go out and I can assure that we’re going to give 300 or more percent, just to show the nation that we’re hurting.

“What better way to show that than to do the graft and get the best result for us, which is nothing less than three points.”

The experienced centre-back also says there has been no reason to offer words of encouragement to the lads, insisting that they are ready to give their all in the must-win clash.

“The guys are motivated. I mean, for you to don the jersey, it’s a huge honour in your career and life to represent our nation,” added the 34-year-old.

“That’s what each and every player, that plays abroad and locally, wants to do. So the next player that wants to come into the national team would do exactly the same.

“It’s one of those games where, I wouldn’t say it’s a do-or-die but we’re going to out there living each moment of the game as a do-or-die, and trying to get a good result, which is a win for us.”