AFCON 2023: Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi Sends Message of Support to Bafana Bafana

AFCON 2023: Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi Sends Message of Support to Bafana Bafana

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at January 21, 2024 at 11:22 AM
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  • South Africa face Namibia in their second AFCON 2023 match on Sunday
  • They lost to Maoli in their opening game after missing a penalty
  • Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has sent the team his best wishes

South Africa's moment of truth at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations could come on Sunday evening, January 22 when they face neighbours Namibia.

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has sent a powerful message to Bafana Bafana ahead of the match.

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Siya Kolisi wants to see South Africa lift another major trophy. Photos by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images and Fadel Senna.
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The 1996 champions suffered a painful 2-0 defeat against Mali in their opening game and need to beat the Brave Warriors to keep their hopes of progressing from the group stage alive.

Hugo Broos' side face an upbeat Namibian side that upset Tunisia in the first game. Therefore, they'll need to be at their best to beat the Brave Warriors.

The weight of an entire nation has been on Kolisi's shoulders many times before, so he understands what Bafana Bafana players feel. He sent them a message via social media.

“Bafana Bafana, we just wanted to remind you who has worn those jerseys before you,” Kolisi said in an Instagram video.
“Those were the glory years of our country, those were the glory years of our team. I still believe we can turn it around. We want to wish you all the best for AFCON. The whole country is behind you. We support and love you."

The Namibia clash is turning out to be South Africa's most important game at AFCON. If they beat Namibia and get a positive result against Tunisia, they will go through. Bafana Bafana reached the quarter-finals in the 2019 edition, per GOAL.

Mali captain backs South Africa

Sports Brief previously reported on Mali's captain, Hamari Traore, tipping Bafana Bafana to do well despite beating them in their first game.

South Africa last went past the AFCON group stage in the 2019 edition in Egypt. They reached the quarter-finals but lost to Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana face neighbours, Namibia, in a must-win game on Sunday before concluding their group E matches against Tunisia.

Mosimane's message to Tau

Sports Brief earlier reported on former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane sending his message of support to Percy Tau after his penalty miss.

Mosimane applauded Tau for taking responsibility and pointed out some of the positives from his performances against Mali.

In his post-match interview, Tau apologized to the fans for missing the penalty.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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