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Bafana take aim at Mauritius

2015-07-02 12:41
Siphelele Ntshangase (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South Africa will look to wrap up progression into the final qualifying round for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) when they take on Mauritius at the Stade Anjalay on Sunday afternoon.

Bafana Bafana lead 3-0 from the first leg, held in Soweto last month.

An opening goal from Thamsanqa Gabuza and a brace from Siphelele Ntshangase secured Shakes Mashaba’s men a comfortable first-leg lead.

However, Mashaba is not taking an aggregate win for granted and has warned his team of a Mauritian fight-back.

"Let me tell you... If you have watched those Mauritians, they were happy with that [3-0] loss because they have this thing in mind that there is a chance of coming back - scoring three goals and going ahead," said the veteran coach.

He added, "We are not going to take things lightly. People will talk of complacency - those are psychological things that you can't deal with on [one] evening, and say players will not [fall into that trap].

"But we will guard against that; our training sessions will tell us where our boys are [in terms of their psyche]."

The winners of the tie will face either Angola or Swaziland in the final round of qualifiers in October. The teams drew 2-2 in their first leg in Swaziland last month.

Kick-off is at 13:30 (SA time).


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