Bafana Bafana

Mashaba feeling the pressure

2015-11-17 09:05
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)

Durban - Ahead of their crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Angola, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says his charges will not be affected psychologically by the idea of progressing to the next round of qualifiers.

Bafana and Angola will lock horns in the second-leg of the World Cup qualifier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.

Heading to this encounter, Bafana have the advantage to progress following their 3-1 triumph in their first-leg clash away from home last Friday.

Mashaba hinted that the Angolans have nothing to lose but everything to play for and his charges will not lose their heads by being carried away so early.

“If you look at the situation right now, we are under pressure with a 3-1 lead,” said Mashaba.

“I don’t know how you see it but it’s a big pressure for us, because psychologically we can’t say we have it in the bag.

“Maybe if we were leading by four to five goals, you would know that we are comfortable.

“But know they can score an early goal and that would be 3-2 and anything can still happen in the remaining minutes of the game.

“So that’s what we are looking at and I hope that our boys don’t lose their heads.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 19:00.

Bafana Bafana XI: Jackson Mabokgwane (captain), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thabo Matlaba, Rivaldo Coetzee, Erick Mathoho, Bongani Zungu, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Mpho Makola, Tokelo Rantie, Thamsanqa Gabuza.

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