SA coach wary of complacency as glory beckons
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNEBSURG – SOUTH Africa coach, Ephraim Mashaba, warned his players against complacency with the side on the verge of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time in seven years.
Bafana Bafana, as the rejuvenated side is otherwise known, play visiting Congo at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday on the back of an impressive run, including a 2-0 victory away to the Central African side.
Confidence is on a sky high among the players and millions of soccer-mad South Africans the side will score a positive result and book a berth in the Africa up of Nations scheduled for Morocco next year.
Mashaba was nonetheless cautious of complacency, traces of which were evident at some stage against Congo.
“This result has led us to the good and the bad. The players, when they have taken a lead, they start showboating and it is tough thing to get it out of them. They are booming with confidence and it nearly cost us.
“If it was not for Senzo (Meyiwa, the captain and goalkeeper) they would have scored a goal or two,” Mashaba said ahead of the return leg against the Congolese.
While not getting carried away, he was confident of maintaining his good record against Congo.
“I am happy to have beaten Congo for the second time. The first time I was a stand-in coach. We defeated them one nil. This time it was two and I hope the next time it will be three.”
This will be the tenth meeting between the two nations. Bafana Bafana have won five of the previous clashes with Congo winning once.
Meanwhile, the other group match pits defending champions, Nigeria, and Sudan.
The Super Eagles are buried at the bottom of Group A without a win.
With Nigeria’s chances stand between nil and slim, Stephen Keshi’s side find themselves needing nothing less than a win against the Sudanese, who won the reverse fixture 1-0.
– CAJ News
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