Shakes Mashaba said after his Bafana Bafana defeated Congo 2-0 in a CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier last Saturday that the National team is heading to the right direction.
“The victory shows we are on track with our vision,” said coach Mashaba.
“Sudan and Congo are no pushovers, and we lacked a bit of luck to defeat Nigeria. But things are working well. If you look at the personnel we brought in, they looked good. Youngster Rivaldo Coetzee was outstanding, Reneilwe Letsholonyane gave us what we wanted.”
“Going forward, we will bring in one or two more players because we are building a new side and I hope it will bring more results. Should we qualify for Morocco then we will test the strength of the squad at the tournament, and once we are done there we look forward to preparing for 2018 World Cup.”
Second half goals from strikers Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie three minutes apart (in the 52nd and 55th minutes) were enough to see the South Africans return home with maximum points.
This was the ninth meeting between the two nations, and Bafana Bafana has won five of the clashes, losing just once.
The Bafana Bafana mentor has now beaten the Congolese two times – first time in Octtober of 1992 in Johannesburg (Ellis Park Stadium), in the first encounter between the two nations.
South Africa still has a date with the same Congo on Wednesday, 15 October at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane – a match that could clinch qualification for Morocco 2015.