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Mashaba: Win is proof we've been working hard

The coach says the work done in training finally paid off, though the team is still a work in progress.

FILE: Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana were in need of the 78th minute stunner from Mpho Makola, who was making his international debut, to beat Senegal 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

Shakes Mashaba's side came up against a Senegalese side that boasted some of their star players, but managed to hold their own as Thami Gabuza even struck the crossbar in the early stages.

Mashaba says Makola's goal is an example of what they've been working tirelessly on in training.

"This has been what we have been working for since we started coming together. We emphasised on shooting from outside the box. I mean we should have scored a goal in the first 11 minutes, but Gabuza's ball hit the bar."

Mashaba says they still lack in finishing.

"We were working on going forward, getting to the oppositions own half quickly [and] start playing combinations and that's what happened. But the biggest problem that is still there is just finishing, that is what is killing us. With a little bit of effort in scoring goals, we should have scored three goals. "

Mashaba says his team is still work in progress.

"At least there is consistency in winning; we are not losing all our matches. We will win some and we will lose some that is what is going to happen, irrespective of the kind of game we are playing."

Like I indicated earlier on, we so wish this result rubs off to the next coming matches."

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