With the AFCON Cup lurking shortly, what are the predictions for Bafana Bafana? Will they be able to repeat a moment celebrated by the nation and infused with the influence of Neil Tovey and Nelson Mandela of 23 years ago?
What Are the Predictions for AFCON Cup?
In 1996 South Africa was host to the African Cup of Nations, but more importantly, it was a historic milestone in South African Soccer history. Under the guidance of Neil Tovey and the hand of Clive Baker, the cup was lifted not only on South African territory but also by South Africa. This was after they made a momentous come back after not qualifying for the previous cup in 2017. Earlier they have overcome expectations of not qualifying for the cup and battled their way through. Now the question arises whether Bafana Bafana, currently under the leadership of Thulani Hlatshwayo and the training hand of Stuart Baxter, will be able to do the same in Egypt.
Changes in Bafana Bafana
The pressure is definitely on for the team to improve performance after a season of defeats and Baker has made some changes. One of these is not to rotate the captaincy anymore. This was the news which Thulani Hlatshwayo got when his Twitter account starting buzzing after Baxter announced his decision for captain in a press conference, while Hlatshwayo sat in his room.
Another move which Baxter made was to bring back Mark Fish to the Bafana Bafana squad. Fish was part of the winning team in 1996, and he considers himself honoured to be back in the organization. This time around as scout and player liaison. Fish played 62 times for Bafana Bafana and is bringing knowledge, expertise and guidance. This will work well in his role at Bafana Bafana, which would also mean that he has to be a mentor to some of the players. He made it clear that he is not coaching the team but wants to impart his knowledge and the pride and true meaning of playing for the national team to players in the role which he is fulfilling.
What Does This Mean for The Betting Odds?
The odds for Bafana was at 33.00 and moved now to 45.00. Does this mean that Bafana Bafana might exceed expectations? Maybe, a clear forecast and assumptions with certainty seem to be a risky venture at the moment. Bafana has surprised the world in the past and might do it again.
Judging based on the captain’s confidence in the team’s changes, Bafana Bafana should be watched in anticipation. He is optimistic about the team finding their identity and developing into greatness from that point on forward.
When it comes to betting on sports, emotions are dangerous grounds to base your decisions on. Regardless of your feelings towards Bafana Bafana, watching them closely, observing the form they portray, and the game they play might surprise all expectation after all.