Bafana Bafana

Bartlett backs Mashaba's surge

2014-10-14 14:30
Shaun Bartlett (File)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett believes Shakes Mashaba has instilled a sense of confidence in the national team.

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Bafana Bafana, under the mentorship of Shakes Mashaba, have the nation's football fans in high spirits following their much-improved performances during the side's AFCON 2015 qualifying campaign. 

Since the 64-year-old took over the reigns from Gordon Igesund as the head coach of the national team, Mashaba's young side are playing a much better brand of football with the side yet to be defeated in their first three games under Mashaba. 

According to, former Charlton Athletic striker Shaun Bartlett believes that players will only further benefit playing under the guidance of Shakes Mashaba.

"The good thing is that it is very different to what we have seen in the past coaches, and you can see the confidence of the boys is high,” said the former Charlton Athletic striker who feels that going forward it is a good thing for the country.

“Everybody seems to be working hard and knowing their responsibilities and with that said, this will give us no problem going forward and as a country, we will benefit a lot from Shakes."

Bartlett admits he senses the hard work the squad have been putting in behind closed doors and is positive qualification for the AFCON in Morocco 2015 is one game away.

“These players have done tremendously well and long may it continue.”

“We must not take anything away from what we have done though, and we just need to make sure that we qualify for Afcon comfortably and it will bode well for Bafana.”

South Africa will play Congo at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, October 15 in Polokwane. 

Kick-off is scheduled for 20:05.

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