Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki and senior player Dean Furman are impressed with the crowd attendance during their Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Mali in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

About 19 000 spectators watched Bafana Bafana beat the visitors by two goals to one.  The team has been unable to attract good crowds in some parts of the country, especially in Gauteng.

Man of the Match, Furman, scored one of the goals.

This was Ntseki’s debut as a senior national coach and he says he appreciated the crowd.

“The warmth of this province, the warmth of this region we felt it. When we came to announce the squad for the match, the people of the Eastern Cape were very warm and supportive. We really felt we were at home the first time and this time again. We really appreciate the support that you have given us, from the media to the supporters’ side, Mayor and the Premier side. We can’t ask for more and if you look at this, it ended with a win for the team,” says Ntseki.