Mashaba still has concerns ahead of Afcon kick-off

Bafana Bafana opened the year with a hard fought 1-0 win over Zambia at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says his team still has a lot of areas of concern to address ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Bafana opened the year with a hard fought 1-0 win over Zambia at Orlando Stadium on Sunday, courtesy of a late Thuso Phala goal.

Mashaba says a lot of the players he fielded weren't as impressive as he had hoped.

"A couple of players that came on, they never gave us what we expected from them, that's why I'm saying it could have been a question of surprises or stage fright."

Bernard Parker has been included in the Bafana squad heading to Afcon after almost a year's absence.

He says he wasn't completely convinced by Parker's performance.

"He played his normal football. It was not the Bernard that we know. I mean there are chances that he got, normally when he on form, he buries them. But that didn't worry us."

Mashaba says he was unhappy with the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.

"We created chances, we managed to go behind their defence but unfortunately we couldn't finish. It's still an area of concern in the striking force."

Mashaba says the win over Zambia shouldn't be used to gauge his team's readiness for Afcon.

"This game shouldn't be our yardstick because all these boys, their level of fitness is questionable. Some of them they last played football just before Christmas."

Algeria, the top ranked team in Africa, are in Group C with Bafana and they meet in their opening match of the tournament in Mongomo on 19 January.