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Mashaba: Work to be done

2015-01-12 08:30
Shakes Mashaba (Supplied)
Shakes Mashaba (Supplied)

Cape Town - South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba feels his side did "very well" to secure a 1-1 draw against Cameroon on Saturday, but admits there is still work to be done before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Bafana Bafana went behind after just six minutes at Stade de L'amitie in this weekend's friendly international after Vincent Aboubakar's free-kick found the back of the net, although a super solo goal from Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured the teams finished all square.

And while Mashaba was pleased to have maintained his undefeated start as Bafana coach, which stretches back to August, he knows there are still areas his players need to work on before they head to Equatorial Guinea later this month.

"The boys did very well," he said after the game. "But we need to work on the first 20 minutes of the game - we were fast asleep.

"It was a good thing to come back from 1-0 down and make it 1-1. And we still had three or four chances to come back and win it. But we will use this week to sort that out."

Mashaba also feels his squad are lacking in their physical presence on the field, adding: "We have to compete, especially physically.

"You saw in the game today, some of the boys were chickening out in challenges."

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