SA legend gives advice to Bafana

Former Bafana midfielder Zane Moosa says the national team needs to give it their all in the Afcon.

Bafana Bafana pose for a group photograph prior to a training session at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday, 11 January 2013. The team will play a friendly match against Algeria at the venue on Saturday. Bafana Bafana face the Cape Verde Islands in the African Cup of Nations opener at the National Stadium on January 19. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Zane Moosa on Tuesday said the national team should pull up their socks and score goals if they are to advance to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Bafana have come under fire following their unconvincing performance in Afcon preparation games where they lost 1-0 to Norway and drew with Algeria.

Moosa said the team's previous results have dampened the nations' spirits and it is time for Bafana to give their best.

"Unfortunately it doesn't inspire much confidence but those are friendly games. Hopefully the goals will come when the completion starts."

Moosa said the team should end their scoring drought in the match against Cape Verde on Saturday if they hope to go far in the tournament.

"They need to believe in themselves more. Having not scored is a serious concern. I think we have the strikers. We have players like Katlego Mphela, who has proven himself, but we also have players like Tokelo Rantie. Maybe Gordon Igesund should look at him to start the game."

Meanwhile, President Zuma visited Bafana on Tuesday.

He told them to ignore all the criticism directed at their way and just give it their best.

Zuma believes Bafana will make into the final.

The tournament starts on 19 January at the National Stadium at 6pm.

The tickets for the opening match have been sold out.