Mashaba: Bafana will qualify for Russia World Cup

Bafana will qualify for World Cup

Mashaba still wants to remain positive

Bafana Bafana are nearly out of the running for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Shakes Mashaba first reflects on their 0-0 draw that places them far behind their objectives.

“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,” Mashaba told SuperSport TV.

“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.”

Bafana are still five points behind Cameroon with two games to go, meaning that Cameroon need just two points to establish superiority over them in the group. Instead of focusing on failture, Mashaba is turning his attention to Russia 2018 qualification.

“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,” he told SuperSport TV.

“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.”