Bafana must 'exert authority'

2015-01-19 14:08
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Shakes Mashaba has come out issuing that his players should make Algeria aware that Bafana Bafana does “exist” in their first encounter.

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According to, Mashaba is hoping that Bafana Bafana play to the best of their ability and not allow Algeria to take control.

“This is our time, the time to make sure we establish ourselves and exert our authority and we do that not only by winning, but by making people aware that we exist,” said Mashaba ahead of this crucial clash.

“We must also make sure we are counted among the best. We have to make things happen, we don’t have to wait for them to happen.

“We must not be swallowed by the moment we are in now, tomorrow and yesterday will take care of themselves. We just have to do things to the best of our ability.”

With Algeria being ranked the number one best team on the African continent Mashaba reveals that the opening 20 minutes will be vital for the green and gold.

“The first 10 to 20 minutes of the game will be very crucial and we have addressed that at training.

“For a long time people never had respect for us, and for the boys to win 3-0 against Mali and hold Nigeria to a draw away, go to Sudan and Congo and return with results shows there is something that has happened, we have built a team for the future.

“The boys are now aware what it means to don the national team jersey.”

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