Mashaba wants another win
Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that he will not take the last African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Nigeria lightly, even though the South African team qualified for the AFCON tournament, when they beat Sudan 2-1 on Saturday.
"Nigerians don't want to lose against South Africa. That alone will make this match a tough one and we also have the assignment to break the hoodoo that we always lose when we play against them," Mashaba said on Monday.
"We have to go out there positive and believe we will do well."
Mashaba said that his team were training hard and that there was still work to be done in order to do their best in the upcoming game.
"We are defending well but there are still some things we need to do, especially in the middle of the park where we are not picking opponents right and that will cause us problems especially against a team like Nigeria which is very good in that area."
Bafana were struggling with injuries after the match against Sudan, with midfielder, Thulani Serero, not being able to train on Monday, as he sustained a hamstring injury during Saturday’s game. However, striker, Lehlohonolo Majoro, returned to training on Monday, after he was sidelined for the match against Sudan, due to an ankle injury.
Serero has said that he was not too positive when it came to his injury and that he might not be able to participate in the match against Nigeria, with Mashaba saying that he will have to make changes to his starting team.
"There will be one or two changes to the playing personnel but we don't want to break the rhythm of the team because they are doing very well. At the same time we have to give other players a chance to see what they have to offer," Mashaba said.
"Our away record is very good, and we can only hope for the best in the upcoming match. What makes me happy is that we have managed to score two goals at home which was a challenge in our past home games.
"I will be even happier if we score some goals in Nigeria."
Bafana will be taking on the Super Eagles at the Ibom International Stadium in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday evening.
Photo Caption: Shakes Mashaba wants his team to win their last AFCON qualifying match. Photo courtesy of www.m.goal.com
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