Cape Town – Bernard Parker reveals that Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has been instilling confidence in the squad since day one.
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According to Soccer Laduma, Parker admits that focusing on winning every game all began on the first day after Mashaba started to continuously instil belief in the squad.
“The group is almost the same as the qualifiers where many were scared of Nigeria, but look what happened to the Super Eagles – this is football,” said Parker.
“The coach told us on the first day of camp that we have to believe in ourselves and put our focus on winning each and every game.
"The coach is calling us champions, and from the outside you can see that we are confident.
“I think with the positive mentality, the right attitude, a good fighting spirit and God with us, we can come out of this group,” explained Parker.
Full Bafana Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson Mabokgwane
Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba
Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa
Strikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso Vilakazi
Bafana Bafana's Group C fixtures:
January 19 - South Africa v Algeria, Estadio de Mongomo, 21:00
January 23 - Senegal v South Africa, Estadio de Mongomo, 21: 00
January 27 - Ghana v South Africa, Estadio de Mongomo, 20:00.