Bafana Bafana

Tefu hails Bafana depth

2014-10-09 12:17
Tefu Mashamaite (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Tefu Mashamaite believes the level of experience in continental competitions within the Bafana Bafana squad will stand them in good stead in their bid to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Kaizer Chiefs defender was recalled to the national team for the upcoming back-to-back fixtures against current group leaders, Congo.

He backed the side's knowledge of CAF competitions to help them in their battle to claim their tickets to Morocco next year.

"To be honest, I never thought I would play for Bafana again, but things happen in life," Mashamaite told reporters on Wednesday ahead of their trip to Brazzaville.

"The coach said with my club performance, he couldn't really ignore me. I'm here to learn and add something to what they are building here.

"The average age of the group is about 26. I'm 30 and 'Yeye' (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) is 32. So we will be looking to add experience."

He added: "Having said that, guys like Andile Jali have been around. Senzo Meyiwa has been to the Champions League final. We are a young but experienced team.

"The spirit of positivity always rubs off in a good way, especially as the coach was a change in mindset. We don't want to be known as Bafana Bafana, the whipping boys of the African continent. We need to change that, and this is a good place to start."

Bafana are currently second in Group A, two points behind opponents Congo.

Bafana Bafana fixtures:

Saturday, October 11 - Congo v SA (Pointe Noire) at 16:30.

Wednesday, October 15 - SA v Congo (Peter Mokaba Stadium) at 20:05.

Have you made your Bafana Bafana XI selection, click HERE to get involved!

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

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

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

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

Featured

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.