Bafana Bafana

Igesund asks for same recipe

2012-09-10 22:20
Gordon Igesund (File)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund hopes his team will continue from where they left off against Brazil when they face Mozambique on Tuesday.

"If we play the way we did against Brazil, then we should get a victory against the Black Mambas tomorrow," he said after the team training session on Monday.

Brazil beat Bafana 1-0 in Sao Paolo on Friday. Igesund however, said one thing he needed to emphasise to his charges was guarding against complacency.

"We played very well against Brazil and the boys were all fired up and they need to be equally pumped up when we face Mozambique. We need to have the same passion, drive, commitment and attitude in all our games."

Bafana play Mozambique at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday night (20:35 kick-off).

"There are a lot of positives that came out of the Brazil match, which we need to explore. The enthusiasm of the players was great. But there are still lots of areas that need improvement. We shouldn't get carried away by our performance against Brazil, but that was a good foundation," said Igesund.

The coach is likely to make at least more than two changes to the starting line-up that played against Brazil.

Striker Dino Ndlovu was injured on Friday and Kagisho Dikgacoi returned to his club.

"I have to try other options. We are looking at the bigger picture which is the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. It's not only about playing your strongest team, we have to try various options going forward," added Igesund.

Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala said following the Brazil game, fans were expecting nothing short of victory against Mozambique.

"In Brazil we did well as a collective, it is unfortunate that we lost in the end. As for the Mozambique match, the expectations are high because we played good football against some of the best players in the world.

"Naturally people are expecting us to beat Mozambique and I believe we are up to the challenge. We need to continue where we left off in South America," Tshabalala said.

Meanwhile, the South African Under-20 Men's National Team (Amajita) will play Botswana in a curtain-raiser.

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