HOW things have changed for Bafana Bafana. They’ve gained some respect on the continent and that was evident yesterday when some of the Nigerians greeted the visiting players with a little fear in their voices.
SHAKES Mashaba has made an already tricky trip to Nigeria tougher by suggesting that poor officiating tomorrow evening could cost Bafana Bafana their unbeaten record in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign.
AS A player, former defender and Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba could hardly be described as an artful dodger with the ball at his feet.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba did not try to hide his disgust yesterday after midfielder May Mahlangu’s used “fatigue” as an excuse for not joining the squad ahead of their crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.
Aware of the impact the death of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa has had on just about every player he named in his squad yesterday, coach Shakes Mashaba will allow them to mourn and even visit his gravesite in Chesterville.
As tributes poured in for slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, former national team coach Gordon Igesund said he was numb from the shock.
BAFANA Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba was yesterday tempted to use a different phrase to describe his work with the national team so far, having made them a force in Group A of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Bafana Bafana are tired of being known as the continent’s whipping boys, said defender Tefu Mashamaite ahead of the team’s departure today for Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Pointe Noire.