Former Bafana goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune has sent out a message to the South African national team ahead of their crunch clash in Ethiopia. The 34-year-old Chiefs shot-stopper has last represented the country in November of 2018 but is seemingly not part of Hugo Broos’ plans for the revamped squad paving a way to Qatar 2022.
However, Khune has faced Ethiopia during his time with Bafana in 2013, and has now warned the current squad about how they should approach Saturday’s game if they are to give themselves a lifeline in the match.
“We have been there before,” Khune told the Kaizer Chiefs media department.
“We did not get the positive result we wanted. I think just like we did back then, we have a great squad again." Referring to the new squad built by Hugo Broos
“They must just go out there and enjoy themselves and make sure at the end of the campaign they qualify for the World Cup."
"It is different compared to us because we played in Addis Ababa. This game is in Bahir Dar. It is an intimidating place to play in. If there are no fans in the stadium, it may work in our favour."
Despite facing a very tough opponent away from home soil, Itumeleng Khune believes that Bafana can come back with positive result and add to their lead on their qualifying group.
“I believe they will get positive results and leave with big smiles on their faces. To the guys who have been selected, I wish them everything of the best and they must enjoy representing the nation,” added Khune
“We have to respect this badge and the people of the country. So when we get a call up, we must give our all for the country, the people and the flag.”
South Africa will face Ethiopia in Bahir Dar on Saturday before welcoming them in South Africa on Tuesday as they are set for a double header for the world cup qualifiers.
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