Bafana Bafana

Fans rally behind Mashaba

2014-10-23 15:13
Shakes Mashaba (Supplied)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba's on-field success has led to a strong backing from fans off the field.

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Shakes Mashaba has managed to swiftly turn around the fortunes of Bafana Bafana around with the national team now on the verge of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mashaba has elected to do things his own way during his third term in charge of South Africa and has silenced his critics as his young side continue to play great football and achieve positive results.

Bafana Bafana are now starting to gain the public's attention with excitement building around the national team.

Sport24 asked "Will Shakes Mashaba ensure Bafana Bafana qualify for AFCON 2015?" and more than half of the 7800 readers answered the question rather positively.

55% of the voters are backing Bafana Bafana and their new coach and chose the "Yes, he will get the team there with ease" option.

"Maybe, he's got a 50-50 chance of ensuring qualification" was chosen by 26% of the voters but with qualification almost secure, it seems these fence-sitters could join the majority of voters in getting behind Bafana.

Just 1456 (16%) voters opted for the gloomy option of "No chance, Bafana Bafana are doomed for failure" but it appears these voters are to be left with some egg on their face as soon as next month.

South Africa next face Group A opponents, Sudan, at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. 

A win against Sudan will guarantee Bafana Bafana a place at AFCON 2015. South Africa won the first leg in Sudan 3-0.

Bafana Bafana top Group A with eight points from four games, Congo are second on seven points, Nigeria have four points with Sudan struggling on three points. 

The match against Sudan takes place on November 15 kicks off at 15:00.

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