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Bafana attack works: Mahlangu

2013-06-13 15:00
May Mahlangu (Backpage)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu says coach Gordon Igesund has found the right balance between attack and defence.

South Africa's goal-scoring troubles appear to have been largely resolved under Igesund - they have scored 12 goals and conceded only three in their last six encounters.

Bafana face Ethiopia in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa on Sunday, and Mahlangu's linking in midfield with Dean Furman and Reneilwe Letsholonyane will again be key.

"The coach has found the right balance in the middle and for us to combine with the strikers," Mahlangu told the SowetanLIVE website.

"The movement is getting better. We have also played so many games without conceding. I think the system is working. We should build on that and make it better. And give credit to the players. Defensively, we've had injuries and we've shown we have players capable of standing up."

Ethiopia's 2-1 win over Botswana in Gaborone last Saturday took them to 10 points in Group A, two ahead of South Africa. But a win for Bafana on Sunday will mean they have their destiny in their own hands when they face Botswana at home in their final qualifying match in September.

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