We have what it takes, says Coach Mashaba

2011-12-01 15:22

National Under-23 team coach Shakes Mashaba believes his team has what it takes to rise to the occasion and beat Egypt in the last game of the CAF Under-23 Championship on Saturday.

The South Africans go into the game needing a win to progress to the semifinal of the tournament.

Mashaba is confident that a victory was possible even though his team has not come to the party in the two opening game against Ivory Coast and Gabon, which both ended in 1-1 draws.

In both matches Baby Bafana scored first but allowed their opponents to equalise towards the end of the game, something that Mashaba has promised to rectify.

“With a little beat of match intelligence we can do it,” said Mashaba.

“We played them twice already and we know what to expect. If you look at our team in this tournament, we have created more scoring chances than any other side but unfortunately we could not convert them.”

Although the team did not do well in the opening two games Mashaba was not disappointed with the performances.

He said the team did well under the circumstances it found itself in.

He was confident of registering a first win against the North Africans.

“If we wake up well we will beat them on Saturday and if we progress we will surprise many because we will reach the final.

But we need to change our approach and instill a competitive attitude.

We must start playing our normal game and fight as a team.

This is our last chance and if we don’t take it we are going home and the players are aware of that.

The ball is in their courts to show what they are made off because I cannot go into the field and play.”

The team welcomes back Eric Mathoho and Thamsanqa Sangweni, who missed the Gabon game through injury and suspension, respectively.Saturday’s must-win game kicks off at 9pm.

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