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Left: Onicca Moloi, MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture addresses players and fans at Polokwane International Airport. Middle: Thembi Nkadimeng, Executive Mayor of Polokwane was also present at Bafana Bafana’s arrival. Right: Stuart Baxter, Head Coach of Bafana Bafana upon arrival.

Bafana Bafana in city for WC qualifier


The South African national soccer team, Bafana Bafana arrived in Polokwane on Monday ahead of their 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia qualifier match against Senegal scheduled for Peter Mokaba Stadium tomorrow evening (Friday).
The team arrived without Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who sustained an injury during the Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
Bafana, currently last in Group D with four points, needs to beat Senegal at home and away to win the group and automatically qualify for the world cup.
During a short welcome ceremony at Polo­kwane International Airport on Monday Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Onicca Moloi spoke on behalf of Premier Stan Mathabatha and said the province was delighted to host the national team and confident that they will do well against Senegal.
“First of all we would like to express our appreciation to the South African Football Association for returning the match to our province. We can assure them that we will be good hosts. The national team is carrying on their shoulders the hopes of the entire nation. As people of Limpopo, we assure them of our support all the way and we have no doubt that they will drub Senegal,” she said.

Story and photos: Herbert Rachuene

Bafana Bafana, midfielders Percy Tau and Phakamani Mahlambi share a light moment during the team’s arrival on Monday.

Bafana Bafana midfielders Kamogelo Mokotjo and Bongani Zungu during the team’s arrival.

Bafana Bafana defender, Morgan Gould poses for photographs with a fan.

Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatswayo during the team’s welcome ceremony.

Bafana Bafana midfielder, Hlompho Kekana upon arrival.