Bafana win puts spring in Shakes Mashaba’s Afcon step

2014-09-06 09:11

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Khartoum, Sudan – Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign than the 3-0 away win over Sudan last night.

Played at a bumpy Al-Merrikh Stadium, the match was played at a high tempo with the hosts attacking from the first whistle.

However, captain Senzo Meyiwa between the sticks and his back-four of Erik Mathoho, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Anele Ngcongca and Thabo Matlaba stood firm.

They came for praise from Mashaba after the match for absorbing the pressure.

It was only in the second half after the introduction of Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Oupa Manyisa that Bafana started enjoying a smooth passage of play.

“We needed to introduce ball players to create room for us and our substitution worked,” an elated Mashaba told the media contingent that travelled with the team.

The goals came from Vilakazi (brace) and Bongani Ndulula grabbed his first full international goal to round off the routing.

The home crowd turned to their coach Mohamed Abdalla, hurling abuse at him.

Chants of “Mazda, Mazda, Mazda!” reverberated through the stadium towards the end of the game and we are told Mazda is Abdalla’s nickname.

Bafana can build from this win going into their second match against Nigeria in Cape Town on Wednesday.

In another Afcon qualifier, Nigeria face Congo Brazzaville in away this afternoon.

» S’Busiso Mseleku is in Sudan courtesy of Safa.

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