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Bafana Bafana stars let rip at local fans

Bafana Bafana pair Ronwen Williams and Siyanda Xulu have taken aim at the team’s fans for their lack of support over the recent period.

“Ya, obviously it’s a bit disappointing because having been on the other side a few years ago and got a lot of criticism and rightfully so when we didn’t qualify. Now, that we did qualify you don’t see any hype about us. It’s a bit sad and it’s a bit disappointing,” Williams said.

Williams slames Bafana fans

“Support the national team, support us through thick and thin, we need everyone’s support, we can’t do it on our own.”

“When we play these teams away, they make it so difficult for us. Once we play at home, we don’t see the numbers and we don’t see the true support that one would hope we’d get. I’d like to urge the fans to come out and get behind the team, you can see there’s something good growing amongst us.”

Defender Siyanda Xulu agreed.

“It’s really disappointing for South Africans not to appreciate the kind of work that the coach has done for the past two years. I was with the group that didn’t qualify for AFCON three years ago and I remember the hammering,” Xulu said.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos thinks his team will be motivated to overturn the 2-1 loss of the first leg against Morocco.

With qualification for AFCON 2024 in Ivory Coast already secured, Bafana Bafana go into Saturday’s final qualifier with the freedom that they have not felt before.

But the coach wants the most from his players despite their status being secured.

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Broos expecting his team to turn up

“I should not be pleased if I have to motivate the players to play against Morocco – then there’s a big problem,” the Belgian said.

“If players are not motivated to play a team like Morocco, then I think it’s better you go home and don’t come to Bafana to play that game.

“This is why you become a professional – to play these games. This is a big game. If you and the team get a positive result, it’s also good for you as a player.

“You must know a lot of people watch these games. It’s interesting to see Morocco, but also to see what the guys of Bafana can do. And that must be enough to motivate the players to play in this game.”

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Full Bafana Bafana 23-man squad to face Morocco in AFCON Qualifier:

Strong Bafana Bafana squad named

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Ricardo Goss (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Thapelo Morena, Aubrey Modiba, Grant Kekana, Mothobi Mvala (all Sundowns), Innocent Maela, Nkosinathi Sibisi (both Orlando Pirates), Siyanda Xulu (Turan Tovus, Azerbaijan)

Midfielders: Luke Le Roux (Varbergs BoIS, Sweden), Njabulo Blom (St Louis City, USA), Sphephelo SIthole (Belenenses, Portugal), Teboho Mokoena (Sundowns)

Forwards: Monnapule Saleng (Pirates), Themba Zwane, Cassius Mailula (both Sundowns), Zakhele Lepasa (SuperSport), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus), Thapelo Maseko (SuperSport), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota, USA), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt)

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