Bafana Bafana

Life must go on: Shakes

2014-11-04 19:00
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has said the South African Football Association (SAFA) is organising psychologists and preachers to come and motivate the players ahead of their crucial encounters against Sudan and Nigeria following the death of captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Bafana are on a mission to book their place in next years’ African Cup of Nations in Morocco as they seek a single win out of their remaining two matches.

Mashaba announced his team to face Sudan and the Super Eagles at the SAFA house in Nasrec on Tuesday.

The former under-20 team mentor further hinted that it is time for the country to move on and focus on the future as his charges aim to fight in the memory of their slain skipper.

"We have been discussing this issue (surrounding Meyiwa)," said Mashaba.

"We are trying to get a psychologist and maybe a preacher to come and preach the word to us and players.

"It’s going to be a question of mixed feelings in the dressing room.

"Because there are those players who were so close Senzo (Meyiwa) and those who regarded him as a friend.

"So we got to try and bring them together but what we are going to emphasize is that life must go on.

"We have to stand up and fight for the late Senzo Meyiwa and represent the country in a manner we are supposed to do."

Under the leadership of the late Meyiwa, Bafana remains the only team in the 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign yet to concede a goal.

They face Sudan in their next installment at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on November 15.

They will then travel to face the Super Eagles at the Uyo International stadium on November 19


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