Mashaba expresses confidence in his team
Shakes Mashaba has shown full confidence in some of his players ahead of their qualifier tomorrow.
JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is standing firm on his policy of rotating the national team captaincy, saying that he's trying to groom all his players for the role.
Mashaba's boys are in Mauritania, having left the country on Thursday afternoon and arriving at around 10pm last night ahead of their Afcon 2017 qualifier tomorrow.
Mashaba says he has more than one leader in the team.
"To us the captain will nominate when we get to the game because all our boys now we working on making them captains. We want captains not a captain."
Mashaba has shown full confidence in some of his players ahead of their qualifier tomorrow.
A vital three points are at stake for the Bafana following a draw in their opening match of the qualifiers against the Gambia, while the North Africans are looking to bounce back from a loss to Cameroon.
Mashaba says Mandla Masango has found his form at the perfect time.
"He's bringing the energy that we need in the team. I mean his debut game that he played, he scored. He went to the second game, he scored. We can only think that it rubs off his teammates."
The coach says Thulani Serero hasn't lost his touch, despite not yet featuring for Ajax Amsterdam this season.
"He has been a boost all the time; there is nothing new much that we expect from him. We take him as Serero that has been playing, that has been delivering as expected."
Meanwhile, tried and tested Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca is not only looking forward to helping the national team beat Mauritania in their Afcon 2017 qualifier tomorrow; he's also excited about his new life in France.
Ngcongca was recently loaned by Belgian Pro League side Racing Genk to French Ligue 1 side Troyes AC after spending nearly a decade in Belgium.
The 27-year-old says he can't wait to face off with the big name stars.
"Look I haven't met my teammates yet. I went there to sign and then took a flight back to South Africa and I'm looking forward to the new team and new challenge of course.
"I've been in Belgium for nine years and it was a good time for me to change and it would be nice to play against the players like Zlatan and Cavani. I'm looking forward to it.