Shakes: We are still in with a chance

2015-01-23 06:45

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Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes his team has the mental strength to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat by Algeria on Monday.

Speaking ahead of Bafana’s do or die clash with Senegal this evening, Mashaba said they should not be written off and were ready for the Taranga Lions.

He said the players were aware of the magnitude of the game because a loss would kill off their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

“We know what is at stake for us and we have made the players aware. We have moved on from the Monday defeat as it was just a slip-up from our side,” said Mashaba.

He said both teams were under pressure to get the results and expected a tough encounter.

“There is no way we can’t feel the pressure because it is a massive game for us. But the boys are in a good frame of mind and the mood is still the same as before the first game. People should not read too much into Monday’s results as the next game is a ‘must win’ for us and this is what we are going for. The Algeria defeat did not dampen the spirit in the camp and we are still looking forward to going further in the tournament.”

Captain Dean Furman also shared Mashaba’s views about the importance of the game. Furman said they were under no illusions that it would be an easy game as Senegal has proved to be a formidable side. But he was confident of doing well especially after being boosted by the return of two key players, Eric Mathoho and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

“It is a massive boost for us because they are experienced players who will strengthen us. We have spoken as players and know what is expected of us and we are ready for the game,” said Furman.

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