South African national team Bafana Bafana are set to lock horns with the Lions of Teranga of Senegal on Friday night in what is regarded as an all-or-nothing 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Ahead of the must-win 2018 World Cup qualifier clash against their Western Africa counterparts, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced that he’s giving fans free tickets to fans to watch the much-anticipated match.
Malema took his love the national team to another level on Thursday when he posted on his Twitter page that fans who wish to support the “boys” should walk into EFF’s Provincial office situated at number 8A Landros Mare street Polokwane and grab their ticket.
He, once again, reiterated the need to support and show love to Bafana as they remain South Africa’s pride. Malema, who has been drumming support for the national team since this week also encouraged South Africans to come out in large number at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday to cheer up the boys.
We support #BafanaBafana, come collect your free ticket now @EFFSouthAfrica’s Provincial office situated at number 8A Landros Mare street Polokwane. Do or Die they remain our national pride, make us proud boys.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) November 9, 2017
Bafana Bafana have been struggling to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Russia tournament. Coach Stuart Baxter said he believes the national team has what it takes to garner all three points on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Senegal and Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has assured his fans of his readiness and availability for the big game. This follows speculations that the star attacker might not be available for the encounter.
Reacting, Bafana Bafana coach Baxter said he’s aware of the great threat Mane poses. He, however, expressed great optimism that his boys will excel with or without Mane.
A total of 18 players had arrived the camp on Monday in preparation for the clash in Polokwane. Five overseas players – Dino Ndlovu, Andile Jali, Thulani Serero, Lebogang Manyama and Keagan Dolly also joined the rest on Tuesday.
First choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is also set to man Bafana’s goal post in the crucial back-to-back 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifiers. Many had initially thought Khune won’t make it to the game following a facial injury.
The goalkeeper, who has been capped 84 times by the senior national team, had fractured a bone in his face when he collided with Chippa United forward Kurt Lentjies on Sunday evening, which resulted in both players being stretchered off.
He has requested for a face mask for Friday’s clash the Lions of Teranga and is currently in high spirit.
Tickets for the much-anticipated match are going for R30 while the match kicks off at 19h00.