Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says regardless of the result when his charges take on the Socceroos of Australia, his squad was bound to go places in years to come.
“They are bound to become integral members of the country’s vision of competing against the giants on the continent and in the world. The Association’s vision is to be constantly number 3 in Africa and among the best 20 countries in the world and these boys will play a major role in the realisation of that dream.”
“That journey starts now and this tour will mark the beginning of a new era in South African football,” Igesund told journalists on the eve of Bafana Bafana’s match against Australia.
Bafana meet Australia in Sydney on Monday evening (11h30 South African time) in a fixture which serves as the Socceroos’ final home match before they fly to Brazil for the World Cup in June.
They Australians are in Group B with champions Spain, losing 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Netherlands and Chile.
“This is a competitive bunch of talented players. They will go places; watch my words,” added Igesund.
“I am very excited with what I have seen from them in the few days we have been together. They are eager to learn and want to leave a lasting impression.”
After Monday’s game, Bafana Bafana leave for Auckland, New Zealand to play islanders on 30 May before returning home on 1 June.
Meanwhile, Australian skipper Tim Cahill told journalists he was very much still enjoying his game and will decide his future after the two-month fiesta in South America.
The New York Red Bulls midfielder said it was every player’s dream to represent his country especially at the FIFA World Cup and was delighted to still be part of the Aussie set-up.
“This type of experience is priceless and is something that you look back on when you get old and tell your children. This is the start of some big things and hopefully the team can be consistent and the boys will realise that just being a good professional and showing a good attitude at the same time will take them a very long way.”