Njabulo Ngidi
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28 May 2015
10:30 am

Mashaba at odds to explain Cosafa failure

Njabulo Ngidi

Shakes Mashaba was at odds to explain Bafana Bafana’s performance in the Cosafa Cup where they finished without scoring a goal in 180 minutes. The side lost to Botswana and Malawi in penalties with the ancient-old problem of struggling to score a contributing factor. 

FILE PICTURE: Shakes Mashaba during the South African national soccer team press conference at SAFA House. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Mashaba pointed the blame at club coaches, arguing that the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot winner, Moeketsi Sekola, scooped the award with a paltry 14 goals which means he doesn’t have much to work with. Nathaniel Asamoah for instance, who came with Ghana in the tournament, has scored 13 goals in 15 matches. 

“We brought the top goalscorer from the NFD (Phumelele Bhengu),” Mashaba said. “We brought the top goalscorer from the PSL. How do you channel that type of a question that we don’t score? It needs to be addressed somewhere at another level. I accept the question you are asking. It is a concern. If you look at when we play, our problem is scoring goals. It’s not to say that we are sitting and just talking, we need to address that.”

Mashaba admitted that “two or three” players will be part of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. But the core of them should be used again in the African Nations Championship (Chan) where the qualifiers start next month. He isn’t holding his breath that he will be able to get all the players he will select.

“The biggest problem we are sitting with, is the availability of players,” Mashaba said. “I need us to talk about that thing. If we don’t look at that then we won’t be able to solve our problems. Yes we have to add one, two or three players to make sure that we try to strengthen the team. I am not saying we are going to strengthen the team. We are going to try.”