Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba regards the friendly international against Ghana at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium Tuesday as an opportunity for newly selected players to put up their hands and stake a claim in the South African national team colours.
Following the team’s 1-1 away draw against Burkina Faso in Bafana’s opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier last Saturday, Mashaba said Tuesday that it was in such circumstances that new stars were born.
Mashaba released three Mamelodi Sundowns players — defender Tebogo Langerman, captain Hlompho Kekana and Keagan Dolly — to concentrate on the club’s CAF Champions League final first leg match against Zamalek of Egypt.
Also missing from Tuesday’s friendly encounter was towering defender Erick Mathoho, who lost his brother last week and travelled straight to Venda for the family bereavement soon after the team arrived from West Africa on Monday morning.
But a fired-up Mashaba said this was an opportunity for other players to plug the gaps and stake a claim in national colours. “We are aware of Ghana’s strength, typical of robust West Africans, they run and run, are physical and shoot from any angle,” he said.
He was supported by team captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, who said the Black Stars were a strong and a dangerous proposition never to be underestimated.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw after Ayanda Patosi equalised for Bafana with a wonderful strike in the 51st minute to cancel out a 38th penalty goal converted by Wakaso Mubarak for Ghana.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK