Bafana Bafana coach, Mashaba Talks Tough, Vows To End Nigerian Jinx


The Coach of Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has been talking tough ahead of today’s encounter in Uyo. The head coach of the South African side has promised to field a strong team against Nigeria regardless of the fact that they have already qualified for the 2015 AFCON championship.

Coach Mashaba said the pressure is on Nigeria, and not on his side since they have already qualified. Also, the man is aiming to break the jinx of never haven won a match against Nigeria in all competitive features.

Nigeria need to win in today’s match to secure a place in next year’s AFCON tournament. Here are some quotes of some of the statements made by Mashaba, “Nigerians don’t want to lose against South Africa. That alone will make this match a tough one and we also have the assignment to break the hoodoo that we always lose when we play against them,” Mashaba said before the Bafana Bafana left South Africa.

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“We have to go out there positive and believe we will do well. We are defending well but there are still some things we need to do, especially in the middle of the park where we are not picking opponents tight and that will cause us problems especially against a team like Nigeria which is very good in that area.”