Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach, Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba, has assured the South African football fraternity that change the national senior men's team will undergo during his management, will be more of a revamp rather than a complete phasing out.
The Soccer-Laduma website reports, Mashaba, who is eager to introduce the younger players he has mentored, believes that there is still room for the experienced players to guide the younger generation into the squad.
“The idea is to revamp here and there, we don’t want to scare anyone by stating that we are conducting a complete cleanout of the squad. I still stand by my statement that any patriotic player qualifies to play for Bafana,” declared Mashaba.
“We need to keep track of our international-based players, those players bring the experience we need in the national squad.”
Commenting on the current state of the national team, Shakes stated that it would vain to do so at this moment as Bafana Bafana have not been in action.
“I can’t remark on the state of Bafana currently, they have not being playing consistently, if they had played 5-6 games than I could tell you the state of the national team. All I can is we have the players, but not the team. There is work that needs to be done in building a team out of the players we have,” added Mashaba.