Its a must win match for us – Shakes Mashaba
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba says their second 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations, Group C match against Senegal in Equatorial Guinea is a must win.
The match is set to get underway on Friday night and Bafana go into this encounter off the back of their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Algeria on Monday night whilst the Lions of Teranga beat Ghana 2-1.
“There is no way we cannot feel the pressure because it’s a must-win but everyone is under pressure, even the opposition,” said Mashaba.
“So we are the same in that regard even though they have the advantage of three points from the first match and they won’t take this match lightly.
“They will be spitting fire just like us because we want to win this game to remain on course with our plan of going further in this tournament.
“The game is going to be tough, we both need the points because if we beat them we are level on points.
“Our boys are ready, we made them aware of what to expect and they say people must not read too much into the results of the last game as this is a different ball game altogether.”
South Africa has struggled against Senegal in previous meetings – in five meetings there have been only two draws, with Senegal winning the other three clashes, however, Shakes remains unfazed.
“History is something that is good to refer to. But we are in different times and era. All that has happened before won’t happen again. Unfortunately we are playing them at a wrong time when we are wounded. We will definitely make sure that we win this match,” added Mashaba.