South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba said the emphatic performance against Sudan at the weekend will do the team’s confidence a world of good ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.
Mashaba, who admitted this week that he wasn’t as comfortable when playing at home, was a little worried about the ability of his players to cope with the pressure of performing in front of an expectant home crowd, especially against the old foe Nigeria. However, he is a little more at ease now.
“The players are under pressure and there are a lot of things happening. If you look at the crowd in Sudan. Even when the score was 3-0, they’re still cheering for their team and you look at the stands, they were fully packed, which is what we need to start doing at home,” added Mashaba, who knows just how demanding South African football fans can be.
“I’ve been saying that we need to win this game in order to put wheels under our feet, this is a good thing for us to have happened,” said Mashaba in the aftermath of the win against Sudan. “Going into the Nigeria game, the boys will be confident because some of them never thought they would win here,” added Mashaba.