“HEAVENLY father, thank you that you reminded us to expect good things to happen in our lives. When our faith is weak, please help to us to grow stronger so we can trust more.”
This was Ephraim “Shakes” Shakes Mashaba’s short but strong prayer as the Bafana Bafana Coach started his laughter punctuated meet and greets session at the Garden Court Hotel in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Mashaba said Bafana would need one thing to beat Senegal on Saturday: public support.
He said that would almost guarantee the team victory against Senegal in a 2018 Russia Soccer World Cup qualifier.
Despite the fact that Bafana dropped points when they played Burkina Faso in the first qualifier in the Burkinabe capital of Ouagadougou, the team was confident of defeating the Lions of Teranga.
In that game, Bafana conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Burkinafaso.
But Mashaba said his charges would make South Africans proud on Saturday.
“We are here to instil confidence in you we will win against Senegal. We take confidence to our fans. All we ask you to do is to come to the stadium. Fill up the stadium. Come in numbers,” Mashaba said.
“Do not fear anything. If we had it our way, we would just write to FIFA that we have won. We have delivered soldiers. Most unfortunately is that Tebogo Langerman and Dean Furman are out due to injuries.”
Langerman picked up a hamstring tear in the first training session and Furman suffered a rib injury this week.
Bafana would also face Mozambique in an international friendly match in Maputo on Tuesday.