Cape Town – Shakes Mashaba is hoping that the Bafana Bafana squad he put together will be able to bring results.
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“Our main task is to build a new team, a team that will bring results,” said Mashaba, as quoted by KickOff.
Bafana Bafana are set to play two international friendly games. On March 25 South Africa will play Swaziland (kick-off is at 19:00) before hosting Nigeria at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday, March 29 (kick-off is at 15:00).
“I know many will say we are playing Swaziland they are weak, but we have to be careful because many countries are regrouping. As we are going to Swaziland we should not forget that any team that plays South Africa wants to win.”
Mashaba expect Super Eagles to spit fire following the results during the AFCON qualification rounds at Cape Town Stadium and in Nigeria.
“As for Nigeria we know they are tough, arrogant and you can never be arrogant when you are not confident. So we have to go and compete, not just tactically, but also mentally and physically. Let’s also not forget they might come here spitting fire because we denied them a chance to go to Afcon, so it is going to be a very tough encounter.”
Bafana Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs), Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces)
Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Free State Stars), Anele Ngcongca (KRC Genk), Thulani Hlatshwayo (BidVest Wits), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Siyabonga Nhlapho (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United)
Midfielders: Lebogang Phiri (Brondby FC), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (KV Oostende), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Cole Alexander (Polokwane City), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente), May Mahlangu (Konyaspor FC)
Forwards: Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Mnayane (University of Pretoria), Lehlohonolo Majoro (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards).