Mashaba impressed with Majoro

2015-03-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba admits he was impressed by Lehlohonolo Majoro’s form after the striker’s introduction against Nigeria led to the hosts’ equaliser on Sunday.

The Orlando Pirates forward had come under criticism following a below-par performance during the 3-1 win over Swaziland last week and found himself amongst the substitutes in Nelspruit at the weekend.

However, the 28-year-old came on as a 73rd-minute replacement for Tokelo Rantie and played a key role in Bafana Bafana’s injury-time leveler against the Super Eagles after his initial shot had been parried into the path of Bongani Zungu, who duly slammed home.

Speaking after the game, Mashaba said: “If you look at the kind of goals he [Majoro] scores for his team, classy goals, he finishes very well.

“When we brought him on [against Nigeria] we saw that our two strikers [Rantie and Sibusiso Vilakazi] didn’t have even one shot at goal.

“He made good runs, peeled off nicely from the defenders and also pulled them away from their positions.

“But I think at that time fatigue was starting to tell on our players and they couldn’t be sharper in supporting him.”

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