Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has retained the bulk of the squad that defeated Mauritius 3-0 in the first leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifiers at Dobsonville.
Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has retained the bulk of the squad that defeated Mauritius 3-0 in the first leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifiers at Dobsonville last Saturday.
South Africa will face Mauritius in the second leg on Sunday, 5 July at the 18 000-seater Stade Anjalay.
Kick-off is 15h00 local time in Mauritius (SA time 13h00).
Mashaba named 16 players in his 18-man travelling squad that did duty against Mauritius in the first leg – bringing in only two players who were not available for the home leg – defenders Thabo Matlaba and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.
“We did not have much to do in selecting this squad because we looked at the players who played the first leg and needed to add just two more.
“What we are looking for are players who will show big match temperament because Mauritius is going to throw everything at us, they won’t sit back like they did last weekend. You could see after the match they were not too disappointed by the 3-0 scoreline. They believe they will reverse the result. I believe the boys will do well though,” said Mashaba.
“The good thing though is that we also know what we are going to face. The first match gave us an indication of our strong points and weak points, but we will go out there and improve our performance. We are not going for a draw; we will go for a win. An early goal will dampen their spirits so we will do our best to get one.”
Sphelele Ntshangase scored two goals with the other coming from Thamsanqa Gabuza to give Bafana Bafana a convincing win, but Mashaba will urge his players not to be complacent.
“The question of complacency is not an easy thing to deal with because it is in the players’ minds, but we will be guarding against it. We will drum it in the players’ heads that that approach and attitude won’t do us any good,” added Mashaba.
The Bafana Bafana mentor said he was confident all players selected would travel to Mauritius.
“This game does not fall on the FIFA Calendar Week, but we are hopeful the clubs will release the players. We request them to bear with us and we are thankful of those that released their players for the first leg,” said Mashaba.
“But I would also like to say to our fans, media and everyone – let us not allow yesterday to take too much of our energy for tomorrow. Let us put everything in the past and focus on the road ahead, and channel our energy in the right way.”
Bafana Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 28 June in Johannesburg.
They are scheduled to travel to Mauritius for the CHAN return leg on Thursday, 2 July.
BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD LIST FOR AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP 28 JUNE – 6 JULY 2015
GOALKEEPERS: Jackson MABOKGWANE (Mpumalanga Aces FC), Itumeleng KHUNE (Kaizer Chiefs FC)
DEFENDERS: Wandisile LETLABIKA (Bloemfontein Celtic FC), Thabo MATLABA (Orlando Pirates FC), Ntsikelelo NYAUZA (Orlando Pirates FC), Tshepo GUMEDE (Orlando Pirates FC), Marc VAN HEERDEN (AmaZulu FC), Kwanda MNGONYAMA (Maritzburg United FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Gift MOTUPA (Orlando Pirates FC), Thabang MONARE (Jomo Cosmos FC), Musa NYATAMA (Bloemfontein Celtic FC), Mandla MASANGO (Kaizer Chiefs FC), William TWALA (Chippa United FC), Vuyisile WANA (Moroka Swallows FC)
STRIKERS: Bonginkosi NTULI (AmaZulu FC), Thamsanqa GABUZA (Orlando Pirates FC), Ndumiso MABENA (Platinum Stars FC), Siphelele NTSHANGASE (Black Leopards FC)