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Only one Nation will prevail, can Bafana make us proud?

MR 'Sweets' Fikile Mbalula promises a huge surprise for the boys!

Group B was concluded in an emphatic style as Ghana ran ramped at Niger, trashing the minors 3-0 to top the Group, while Mali secured the required point to finish second, when they play to a 1 all draw with Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC some can say they underachieved with the players at their disposal. This mean South Africa will play Mali in Quarters in Durban.

So come Saturday evening at Moses Mabhida, all eyes will be on the hosts too, can the boys survive Seydou Keita Mali onslaught? One thing certain, we have to put in more efforts more that we did against the Moroccans, if we are to prevail. Hopefully the lesson has been learned by Gordon and his technical team.

With Anele Ngcongca suspension, his substitute, certainly Sboniso Gaxa-must hit the ground running because any lap in concentration, Keita will be always posing a serious treat. Scoring first will give us a sizable physiological advantage, with the home crowd behind the boys; Mali might just find it a touch too far. But letting them in first, well we saw what happened against Morocco-only thanks to Khune.

With the character and self belief creeping to the boys, we should see this one home. Belief is everything, remember USA in 2009 CONFED Cup here in South Africa, they believe and well trough Spain and in the final, only for the last minute header to deny them after leading Brazil 2-0 at halftime.  So if we believe anything can happen.

Gordon Igesund admitted that knockout stages we’ll be tough, but still he believes that it's now or never, “From here, any team can go on and snatch it. We’ll continue to work hard and give our best and hopefully that takes us far” He also believe in the Nation’s support “with the supports we’ve got has been really encouraging for the team”

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