“I was excited (when I first heard) but now I have realised there is so much work,” said Mashaba, at OR Tambo International airport after returning from a tour of West Africa with the national under-20 side.
“I was starting to ask the question of whether I would succeed, but I know people are backing me, (including) my wife and my daughter.”
Mashaba spoke of a decline in standards in South African football since the heyday of 1996, when Bafana Bafana won the African Nations Cup on home soil.
“In Zulu we have a word ‘Umkhonto’ – you must have history,” said Mashaba.
“I mentioned (Sizwe) Motaung, (David) Nyathi, ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, we don’t have those players (now), we don’t have players that can effect things in a game.”
Mashaba’s first task with Bafana is to qualify them for the 2015 African Nations Cup, with Bafana’s first qualification game in Sudan exactly a month away.
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