Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba reveals that
he is “very happy” with the players he has at his disposal.
South Africa arrived in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose
at around 10:00 on Tuesday morning (16:00 SA time) and could not head straight
for training as the players were both jet-lagged and mentally fatigued from the
But Mashaba was all smiles after the gruelling one-and-half
hour session in blazing heat on Wednesday and immediately declared that he was
spoilt for choice for the starting 11.
“The only area of concern is upfront where I think we are a
bit short of strikers but in general, fans should be in for a real treat,” he
said on SAFA’s website.
“The players looked sharp and despite the lack of sufficient
time to gel, I am happy, very happy with what I have at my disposal.
“We should compete, and compete hard, come match day,” said
an upbeat Mashaba.
Mashaba said what
makes him confident that this group of players will be up to the task is the
general spirit among the players which he said was sky high.
“The general mood in the team has been amazing. I suppose it
has to do with the way we have been welcomed as well.
“The hospitality has been superb and we need to repay soccer
fans with an exciting brand of football. We owe it to fans back home to put
smiles on their faces as well,” added Mashaba.
South Africa take on Costa Rica on Thursday, October 8 in
San Jose at the Estadio Nacional.
Kick-off is at 04:00 SA time on Friday, October 9.
Starting XI: Khune (captain), Ngcongca, Coetzee,
Mathoho, Lebusa, Jali, Zungu, Masango, Serero, Lebese, Vilakazi.
Substitutes: Mabokgwane, R Williams, Nhlapo,
Hlatshwayo, C Daniels, Muzi Mashaba, Furman, Mokotjo, Patosi, Shongwe.