DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala says Seydou Keita is the "best in Africa" as he tries to put his respect for the Mali captain to one side for Saturday's African Cup of Nations quarterfinal match.
Tshabalala thinks there is "no doubt" Keita is the top midfielder on the continent and says it will be an honor for South Africans to play against the former Barcelona player in Durban.
Tshabalala says "I respect that ... but this is business as usual and the pride of the nation is at stake. We will do everything and will make sure that we reach the semifinals."
South Africa hopes a sellout home crowd can help it against a Mali team inspired by conflict back home.