Durban - Ahead of their first 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier this weekend, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is still having sleepless nights regarding his players’ lack of finishing in front of goal.
Bafana will open their qualifying campaign against Gambia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Mashaba again emphasised the need for his players to continue working hard in order to start scoring regularly in competitive matches.
“The only problem we have in South Africa is goals,” said Mashaba.
“That’s why I always say that all teams play good football because they always produce a fantastic performance but still fails when it comes to finishing.
“I want to hear anyone who can say that we are not creating enough chances or we are not keeping possession as much as we can.”
Meanwhile, Bafana left-back Mark van Heerden believes despite struggling in front of goal, the strikers within their camp are capable of bringing possible solutions to the main challenge.
The AmaZulu defender said the strikers need to put in extra effort inside the box if they are to rectify their mistakes.
“We all know that scoring goals is a big problem,” insisted Van Heerden.
“But we need to score goals in order to win games in football, that’s the only key.
“But I believe that we have good and quality strikers who have just joined our squad and I believe they will score goals for us.
“I think if we concentrate a little more in front of goal we’ll do better on Saturday.
South African football fans will be relying on Bonginkosi Ntuli, Siphelele Ntshangase, Vuyisile Wana, Tokelo Rantie and Gift Motupa for goals.
However, Rantie is yet to decide if he will feature on Saturday as he will be getting married to his long-time sweetheart and ‘Diski Diva’ Gaoitswe 'Gigi' Pule.
The match will commence at 15:00.