Shakes Mashaba has changed Bafana’s attitude – Sibusiso Vilakazi

2014-09-08 09:16

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Following a resounding 3-0 win over Sudan in Khartoum on Friday in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match, midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi says Bafana Bafana must not become complacent.

“We just need to keep our feet grounded and the rest will follow,” said Vilakazi yesterday after his side, Bidvest Wits, beat Santos 3-1 in a practice match at Athlone Stadium

“The players know what it means to represent one’s country. They know that ... they are carrying the hopes of 52 million people.”

Vilakazi came on as a substitute in the second half and scored the first two goals for South Africa as they surged ahead, but warned that the focus should be on their second qualifier match against Nigeria, in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Vilakazi said a more committed mental approach was one of the reasons behind Bafana’s resounding victory over Sudan.

“That is one philosophy coach Shakes Mashaba has been drumming home now and again and I see that the attitude of players has changed tremendously.

“They are prepared to die for a just cause, work for each other and want to bring pride and happiness to the country. That is the type of task any responsible citizen needs to carry to make a difference in society.”

Nigeria, meanwhile, fell to a 3-2 loss to Congo in their opening qualifier match on Saturday, and Vilakazi was optimistic his side could get a win at home.

“We know our history against Nigeria but we are determined to change all that. History is always there to be rewritten and I am confident that, come Wednesday, we will put smiles on most South Africans.”

Captain Senzo Meyiwa said with the type of atmosphere in the Bafana camp, the Super Eagles would indeed face a stiff opposition.

“Yes, they say in football certain teams have their hoodoo side but we are ready for the Nigeria match,” said Meyiwa.

“We are all determined to change the course of history and everyone cannot wait for Wednesday.”

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