Bafana Bafana

Mashaba feeling the pressure

2015-06-15 15:13
in charge Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba PHOTO: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba says his charges find it difficult to win when they play at home due to the amount of pressure on their shoulders, following yet another goalless encounter against Gambia over the weekend.

Bafana and the Scorpions shared the spoils in their 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Mashaba believes teams are expected to win all their home games which is why they feel pressurised to deliver.

However, the coach also hinted that Bafana usually do well away from home - as was the case in the 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign where they won two away games and drew another two at home.

“I always say this in press conferences that playing at home is not easy at all,” said Mashaba.

“There is too much pressure when you are playing at home because everyone is expecting you to win. It doesn’t happen to only us but the rest of the teams in Africa.

“Look how we performed in the last qualifying campaign when we played away from home and at home, we didn’t do well at home but we were doing well away.

“We always try to do our best as a team but sometimes the pressure is too much but I still believe that we’ll do well when we return the fixture to them.

“And nonetheless our boys did very well on the day.”

Bafana’s next assignment will be against Angola in a friendly clash at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.


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