Cape Town - South
Africa coach Shakes Mashaba admits his side appear to be lacking full fitness
after they toiled to a 1-0 win over Zambia on Sunday.
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Bafana Bafana kicked off their preparations ahead of the
2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a friendly international against the Copper
Bullets at Orlando Stadium at the weekend, where Thuso Phala's 82nd-minute
strike eventually proved the difference.
Mashaba, though, feels there is still work to be done ahead
of the Equatorial Guinea showpiece, most notably in the fitness department,
with players complaining of cramp in the closing stages of the encounter.
"We played well up until we scored our goal. But the
last 10 to 20 minutes fatigue started to take its toll, especially in our
defence where some players complained about their muscles and all that,"
the coach said.
"Finally, we managed to score the goal and this being a
send off it was good thing to put a smile on the faces of our supporters."
Mashaba went on to heap praise on Chipolopolo, and admits
their near neighbours arguably deserved more out of the game.
He said: "It was not an easy game if you look at Zambia
apart from where they are now, they are one of the best football nations in the
South African region.
"To make it worse, they haven't selected their final 23
players for the AFCON and everybody wanted to impress the coach and that's why
they played good football.
"I want to say to the Zambians, the score was not a
true reflection of the game, they did well. They played very well and showed