Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, who starred in midfield as South Africa held Nigeria to a 0-0 AFCON qualifier draw at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday has thanked the fans for their passionate support.
Jali who was declared Man of the Match after the game, got the better of Mikel Obi and company in the overall midfield battle on the night and was unlucky not to lead his team to what would have been only their second ever victory over the Super Eagles.
Following the barren draw, Jali who spoke to reporters after the game, appealed to the supporters to “be patient with us and we will make you happy.”
“Give us time and please be patient (after 0-0 draw). We did well here (in Cape Town) and we did so because of the 12th man. The fans came in their numbers to Cape Town and I want to say thank you,” Jali said in appreciation as reported by www.africanfootball.com
“We knew that if the stadium was full we would play the way the supporters wanted us to play. We knew before the game that Nigeria players don’t like to be turned around; they don’t like to run, we knew if we turned them they would struggle. We played according to our skills.”
Nigeria have 12 points left to play for and will be guests to Sudan on 11 October while South Africa will be hosted by Group A leaders in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers, Congo.