Bafana Bafana have high hopes for Youth Day match
After a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the World Cup, South
Africa’s national football team is hoping to make the country proud
when it takes on Uruguay on Youth Day.
Youth Day celebrates the June 16, 1976, Soweto Uprising, when
black students rose up against the educational policies of the
former apartheid government.
“It is a big day in South African history, and we as players
want to beat Uruguay and take a step closer to reaching the
knockout phase and thereby making it a double celebration for South
Africa,” midfielder Steven Pienaar said Monday.
After Wednesday’s match in Pretoria, South Africa will face
France on June 22 in Bloemfontein.
“We have to be fully focused against Uruguay, who are a
well-organized side defensively and have good attacking players,”
the midfielder added. “But the way we played in the second half
against Mexico has given us a huge boost.”
Pienaar looked sluggish during Bafana Bafana’s opening draw
against Mexico at Soccer City. He was substituted midway through
the second half by Bernard Parker, and said his legs are tired
after playing a long season for Everton this year.
“It was a tough season in England for me,” Pienaar said, “and
I will shake it off hopefully against Uruguay.”