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Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has congratulated AFC Bournemouth in England where striker Tokelo Rantie plys his trade, for gaining automatic promotion into the English Premier League. He has also sent a congratulatory message to Kaizer Chiefs for winning this season’s Absa Premier League title.
The Cherries, as AFC Bournemouth are commonly known, defeated Bolton 3-0 on Monday night (27 April) to cement second spot in the Championship. Third-placed Middlesbrough will need to overcome a goal difference of 19 to overtake them with just one match remaining.
“Congrats to Rantie’s team. I am certain this is what they intended to achieve when the season started. I want to believe this is the start of new things for them. It also means they will have to work extra had in the top tier. If getting the promotion was hard, then the next step and staying there will be even harder. A special mention goes to Rantie for the contribution he made to the club, hopefully his perfomance at the high level will rub off when he comes to Bafana Bafana,” said Mashaba.
The Bafana Bafana mentor was equally impressed with the way Amakhosi romped to the league title. Chiefs led the table from the third match and secured the league trophy with a 4-1 drubbing of Polokwane City last Wednesday night (22 April).
“Wining the league is one thing, but they won it with a number of games remaining in the season – that’s a great achievement. They are also in line to break the record of the highest points finish in the league, and they look very capable of doing that. One thing that worked for them was consistency. We would like to the say a job well done to the chairman of the club Kaizer Motaung, the technical team, the players and in particular the captain Tefu Mashamaite for guiding his teammates to this wonderful achievement,” added Mashaba.
He also pointed out such achievements can only work to the good of Bafana Bafana.
“This feat is very important for every player’s mental strength. In both cases it sends a good message to other teams that nothing beats hard word,” concluded the coach.
Source : South African Football Association