Reneilwe “Yeye“ Letsholonyane, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder said yesterday that it is good to be back in the national team and that he is proud to play for South Africa.
“Every time I am given an opportunity to put on the national team jersey, I will do so with pride,” said Letsholonyane at the Bafana Bafana training camp in Phokeng near Rustenburg – shortly before the squad’s departure to Congo.
Letsholonyane has been on the form this season and is now the top goal scorer in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with four strikes in seven matches.
The 32-year old midfielder is the most-capped player in the current Bafana Bafana squad. He has made 48 appearances, while the closest is Tokelo Rantie with 22, then Dean Furman on 20.
“Coaches are not the same, and yes Shakes is different from all the other coaches I have played under and he is bringing a positive attitude in the national team. What I saw is a new energy, the youngsters are buzzing and motivated to represent their country and I am happy with what I saw so far,” added Letsholonyane.
“The challenge is that we are not playing at home, so we have to deal with their fans. But at the end of the day we are going to play football, and that is the same the world over even though the conditions may not be the same.”
“We know it won’t be easy because Congo is not a walkover. They have shown they are a good team with their past results. That they are playing at home should not be an excuse, we will try and win the game,” Yeye said.
South Africa will play Congo Saturday, 11 October and the Kickoff is at 16h30 (SA time). The reverse leg will be played on Wednesday, 15 October at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane and Kicoff will be at 20h05.