Mashaba wants to win


Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that his team have to beat Senegal when they meet in their second Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament at the Stade de Mongomo later today.

Bafana are still disappointed with their first match against Algeria, which they lost 3-1, with Mashaba saying that they have to win this match in order to get the points needed.

“There is no way we cannot feel the pressure because it’s a must-win. But everyone is under pressure, even the opposition,” Mashaba said.

“So we are the same in that regard even though they have the advantage of three points from the first match and they won’t take this match lightly. They will be spitting fire just like us because we want to win this game to remain on course with our plan of going further in this tournament.

“The game is going to be tough. We both need the points because if we beat them we are level on points. Our boys are ready, we made them aware of what to expect and they say people must not read too much into the results of the last game as this is a different ball game altogether.”

Bafana have struggled in matches against Senegal in the past, having had two draws in five matches and lost three.

“History is something that is good to refer to. But we are in different times and era. All that has happened before won’t happen again. Unfortunately we are playing them at a wrong time when we are wounded. We will definitely make sure that we win this match,” Mashaba added.

Bafana Bafana starting team:

 Jackson Mabokgwane, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Eric Mathoho, Dean Furman (C), Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Thuso Phala, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Tokelo Rantie.


 Darren Keet (GK), Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), Ayanda Gcaba, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Themba Zwane, Mandla Masango, Bongani Zungu, Bernard Parker, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Bongani Ndulula, Reneilwe Letsholonyane.


Rivaldo Coetzee


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