Bafana Bafana

Shakes sees 'turning point'

2014-11-17 10:25
Ephraim Mashaba (Gallo)

Cape Town - Shakes Mashaba believes Bafana Bafana have reached a "turning point", but feels there needs to be more of an investment in the country's youth development if they are to become a continental powerhouse.

Read: Hunt hails 'fantastic' Bafana

South Africa secured qualification to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations this past weekend after seeing off Sudan 2-1, a result which guaranteed them top spot in Group A ahead of Wednesday's final round of fixtures.

And while the country is understandably on a high, having qualified for a first major tournament since 2008, Mashaba continues to look towards the future where investing in youth players is his main priority.

"I spoke to the (SAFA) president (Danny Jordaan) and said, 'We're not doing well. And it's not because Bafana are not doing well, it's the junior teams that aren't qualifying for these tournaments'," Mashaba told The Sowetan.

"I don't know which country has good junior structures and does not manage to perform. If we talk about a turning point, the gods of football are smiling on us. And we need to capitalise on that."

South Africa will close out the qualifying campaign away to defending AFCON champions Nigeria on Wednesday, where the Super Eagles need only match Congo's result against Sudan to book their place in next year's showpiece event, which will be staged in Equatorial Guinea.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon 2015  |  shakes mashaba  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.