Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has said that his team’s objective is to make the nation proud.
South Africa take on 2013 African Cup of Nation winners Nigeria in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge Wednesday evening at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Despite Nigeria’s superior record over the hosts (out of seven meetings, the Super Eagles have won five compared to just one for SA), Tshabalala is confident that Bafana can come out on top.
“There is an objective that needs to be achieved, which is to do well and make the nation proud, once again it is an opportunity for new players as well to play for the national team,” said Tshabalala.
“It’s a tough task, playing the number one team in Africa, they have good players but on the other hand we have good players here and we have what it takes to compete, for us it’s not a friendly game.
“It’s an honour for us to participating for the national team in the Mandela Challenge, we will do our best and make sure we reign victorious.”
The 28-year old added that it’s always a pleasure for him to represent his country and that all the players called up deserve to be part of the squad.
“It’s always a pleasure and an honour to be given a chance to play for the national team and whenever I get a chance I make sure I do my best, this will be no different.
“Having been called up to the national squad shows that you are a good player, they have been doing well for their respective clubs,” concluded Shabba.