BAFANA Bafana players believe they still have what it takes to proceed to the second round of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013.
The 29th edition of the tournament kicked off last Saturday and come to the end on February 10 when the finals are contested.
Bafana played to a goalless draw against Cape Verde Islands in the opening match of the soccer showpiece. The second Group B match between Angola and Morocco also ended 0-0.
The SA side takes on Angola tomorrow in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium in their second encounter of the tournament.
“We are looking forward to Wednesday’s game. All the teams in our group are good and Angola is no different, they have a lot of experience. We learnt from the past match that we have to be more patient, a bit more attractive going forward and try to create some chances so we can score goals. We kept a clean sheet and we are all positive about the next match, nothing else matters,” said defender Anele Ngcongca.
His views were echoed by midfielder Thulani Serero.
“I am not 100 percent fit but I am getting there with every match. Angola is a very strong side. We watched them on television and they are really an enterprising side. But I believe time has come to go there on Wednesday and get maximum points. We need to get the momentum going. A win will be good for the spirit and can change everything,” said Serero.
“For us to have any chance though, it is critical that we start scoring those goals. Everyone needs to be composed and play their normal game. One thing we learnt from the Cape Verde match is to be patient.”
Striker Katlego Mphela said it was imperative for Bafana to show character.
“At international level you need to keep trying, have a big heart and a strong mentality, more so because we are playing teams who have loads of experience.
“A perfect example was the Group B match between Niger and Mali, the latter kept on going and eventually scored – so that’s what we need to do, just keep on working hard,” he said.
“It is not long I have returned from injury and I am working on my fitness which is looking very good. If I am picked to start against Angola I think I am more than ready to do the business. We didn’t do well in our first game, and hopefully I will get a chance to score some goals so we can better our chances of proceeding to the next round. We have quality strikers in the team and I believe we will do well.”
Bafana will have their last training session at the match venue today at 16h30 before tackling Angola on tomorrow.