Tshabalala: Keita Africa’s best but pride at stake

South Africa midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala says Seydou Keita is

the ”best in Africa” as he tries to put his respect for the Mali

captain to one side for Saturday’s African Cup of Nations

quarterfinal match.

Tshabalala thinks there is ”no doubt” Keita is the top

midfielder on the continent and says it will be an honor for South

Africans to play against the former Barcelona player in Durban.

Tshabalala says ”I respect that … but this is business as

usual and the pride of the nation is at stake. We will do

everything and will make sure that we reach the semifinals.”

South Africa hopes a sellout home crowd can help it against a

Mali team inspired by conflict back home.