Bafana must be mentally plugged in, says Mashaba
Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba says its imperative that his players are in the right frame of mind for their clash with Burkina Faso this weekend.
The match away in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening is South Africa’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifying game.
Although Bafana have a good record against Burkina Faso, Mashaba says that complacency would be a big mistake.
“This is not going to be a walkover. It will be tough but I believe we are mentally and physically ready to welcome any challenge,” Mashaba told the SAFA website.
“You don’t want to play catch up as we did in the Africa Cup of Nations. We lost our campaign for Gabon in our two opening matches when we drew and lost to Gambia and Mauritania respectively. We have leant our lesson and want to stamp our authority from the word go.
“Teams have regrouped and any country can these days beat the other. The issue of big guns is now a thing of the past,” he added.