Mashaba – we still have a chance

Shakes Mashaba believes Bafana Bafana threw away three points in their opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations against Algeria on Monday.


“We gave the game away,” the coach said. “The best team lost after we created so many scoring opportunities in the first half.


“We allowed them back into the match and we got punished. Algeria was lucky to come back, and we had already lost focus when they clawed their way back.”


The result left the South Africans bottom of Group C with games against Senegal and Ghana to follow in what is regarded as the ‘Group of Death’.


And Mashaba had a strong message for his charges ahead of their next game, adding: “Lift your heads up because it is not over yet — there are still six points to play for.


“We have a mountain to climb but we are still confident that we will do well in our next match.


“We still have two games to go. We need to motivate the boys and bring them to their feet because understandably they are dejected.


“The result has made our work more difficult because the remaining two games are must-wins.”

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