Ngezana buoyed by Bafana debut

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Ngezana missed out on Bafana’s opening defeat to Madagascar in the semi-final last Sunday, but worked his way into Stuart Baxter’s selection for the plate semi-final on Tuesday.

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The 20-year-old centre-back, who hails from Sebokeng in Gauteng, says he was ecstatic to have finally realised one of his dreams, and felt his performance was not “too bad”.

“I would like to thank God for the opportunity, it is a big occasion representing your country – not just your country but the team where you come from,” Ngezana told SAFA.

“I was excited when my name was called in the starting line-up because this was an opportunity I had been waiting for for a very long time.

“When I didn’t get on the park against Madagascar I had to be patient because I knew my chance would come and it happened against Namibia. 

“We did very well on the night and were very disciplined at the back. Personally, I don’t think I did too bad, but I believe I can still do much better.”

Bafana next have a date with neighbouring Botswana in the plate final, which is to be played at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening (17h00).

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Ngezana is wary of the threat The Zebras pose, and has urged his teammates to go into the encounter with a positive attitude, while taking their performance “a notch higher” than when they thumped Namibia 4-1.

“We should not underestimate Botswana because they are a very good team. We have seen them in action in this tournament and they are very competitive and full of running,” he warned. 

“We should go there with great determination and a good attitude – like the one we showed when we face Namibia, but take it a notch higher and results will go our way. 

“We should be ready to fight for a win because they have proven they are no pushovers and were very unfortunate to lose on penalties to Zimbabwe. 

“They can be physical but we have to stand our ground and stick to our plan if we are to come our victorious.”