South Africa have a must-win match against Senegal on Friday night. After defeat to Algeria in their opening fixture, Shakes Mashaba needs to do what he does best: motivate a team that has been knocked down for the first time in months.
When he packed for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Bafana Bafana’s coach Shakes Mashaba went all out. He loaded his bags with enough stuff to last him the entire duration of the four-week jamboree, such was his confidence that South Africa would make the final of the competition. Although he’s now probably somewhat concerned, it’s unlikely Mashaba’s confidence has taken too much of a knock.
The defeat was, after all, the first one of his tenure and it came against the top-ranked team in Africa. Mashaba’s vision for South Africa’s future, his stern approach in insisting that players put their country first and his knowledge of how things work in local football is something that will serve the team well in the future.
However, the problem wasn’t so much that South Africa lost, it was more how they lost. After dominating for over an hour against Algeria, South Africa started to fall flat as…
Source : Daily Maverick