The boys stuck to our game plan - Mashaba


Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that he is proud of his team and happy that they stuck to the game plan, which helped them beat Mali 3-0 in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparation match at the Stade Monedan in Gabon on Wednesday afternoon.

Mashaba believes that the unity and communication shown within the side played a key role in their success.

He added that one of the main game plans was to unsettle the Eagles by scoring an early goal, which defender, Thulani Hlatshwayo, did in the 37th minute.

“The plan was to not allow them to go forward, I told the boys to allow them to play at the back and once we catch them, we’ll get them on a break most of the time,” Mashaba said after the game.

“Secondly, we played as a unit and we knew that most of their players’ play abroad and they have good quality players. But we felt that we must try and keep them at bay and look at the goal,” he added.

Since taking over as coach from Gordon Igesund in August 2014, Mashaba has guided Bafana to consecutive victories with the side yet to lose a match.

Bafana will next be facing Algeria in their AFCON Group C opener at Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea on Monday.


Photo Caption: Thulani Hlatshwayo scored the first goal for Bafana in the preparation game against Mali. IMAGE supplied by