Cape Town - Shakes Mashaba lauded his Bafana Bafana charges after their victory over Costa Rica and now wants to add Honduras to that list.
The South African coach showered his players with praise
after defying the odds to beat hosts 1-0 in a highly charged friendly
international match at a packed San Jose National Stadium.
A clinical finish by Andile Jali on the 9th minute separated
the two sides in a match which was played on a high tempo throughout the 90
“The boys showed they can mix it with the best in the world
when their backs are against the wall,” said Mashaba on SAFA website.
“I thought we really took total control of the game in the
first half and we were full value of the good lead going to the break.
“The defence was watertight and the midfielder played like a
well-oiled machine in the first 45 minutes.
“And what can I say about goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune;
despite suffering a recurring hamstring injury, he marshalled his defence with
“This is the spirit this team must carry going forward in
the World Cup qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I now want to go to Honduras and finish the good job we
started here. It is good to develop a winning culture ahead of meetings with
Angola and next year’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.”
Apart from Jali whose goal came after an enterprising
one-two passes with Thulani Serero, Eric Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca and Rivaldo
Coetzee were rock solid at the back while Mamelodi Sundowns’ Bongani Zungu
received the praise from the local media and public for his influential play in
As ‘Los Ticos’ chased for an elusive equaliser, Mashaba said
he was really impressed by his defence which he described at the press
conference as “watertight” and uncompromising when the hosts threw everything
Serero could have made it 2-0 soon after resumption but his
powerful shot was well saved by Keylor Nevas in goals for the hosts.
Bafana Bafana leaves Costa Rica on Friday and head to nearby
Honduras where they meet their counterparts on Tuesday, 13 October at
Metropolitano Stadium in San Pedro Sula.
Kick-off is at 00:00 (SA time).