The result leaves Bafana without a win in qualifying, on just three points from four matches, five points behind Group M leaders Cameroon, and four behind second-placed Mauritania, with just two games to go.
It is now surely impossible for Mashaba’s side to make it to Gabon 2017, as they are several miracles away from even finishing in one of the two finals spots available to a best runner-up.
“There are another six points to play for, if we win those we sit on nine points and we can still hope to get one of the two slots for second best teams.” said Mashaba, however.
It was then put to him whether he was being realistic, when there were several second-placed teams already sitting on seven or eight points.
“With due respect whose (opinion) is realistic, mine or yours? I indicated that we are sitting on three points still have six points to play for, you are raising a question of teams sitting on eight points. You are speculating … anything in football can happen. I know when we went to Cameroon nobody gave us a chance. Everybody was saying we were going to be hammered.” added the Bafana coach.
Bafana will next play Gambia away on the first weekend in June before finishing their campaign at home to Mauritania in the first weekend in September.
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