SAFA : ‘We’ll qualify for the World Cup’ Mashaba

SAFA : ‘We’ll qualify for the World Cup’ Mashaba
Ephraim Shakes Mashaba coach of South Africa during 2017 Afcon Qualifier match between South Africa and Gambia on 13 June 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba declared that South Africa will “definitely qualify for the World Cup” after failing to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup.

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South Africa’s desperately poor 0-0 draw with Cameroon at Moses Mabhida Stadium has put most of the nails into the qualification coffin, but the coach remains defiant.

“We had a good plan, we knew they would come down here and defend to secure a point, but it’s still a big problem, finishing up, we created six or seven chances in the second half but we want to take the ball into the back of the net instead of shooting. The boys must learn a lot from this,” he told SuperSport after the match.

“We had some defensive errors in the centre of defence, we were allowing them to go through, even towards the last 10-12 minutes they nearly scored two goals because the guys tend to forget what is actually happening.

“But I can tell you, this is a good team for the future, we need just to plug a few positions, especially in the striking force, because we do create, we do get into the goal area of the opposition, but just to tap the ball into the net, that’s still a big problem.

“For Gabon, the lights are getting dimmer and dimmer now, we don’t have to tell ourselves lies. But there is still something to play for, we have to work hard for the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup.

“I think with this kind of performance, if we build up on it, we’ll definitely qualify for the World Cup.”