Sports News of Tuesday, 11 October 2016
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba expects a difficult game in tonight’s friendly with Ghana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
According to Mashaba, his charges did not train Monday, unlike Ghana, after arriving in Durban at midday from a 2018 World Cup qualifying draw with Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on Saturday.
“And people expect the boys to run and win against Ghana. Ghana, our visitors, were here on Sunday if I’m not mistaken and they had all the chance to prepare and they prepared yesterday. We couldn’t train and the medical people will kill us, because we will be punishing those boys.
“The little bit of scientific that I have, if the player has travelled this much the muscle shrinks and he lacks enough supply of oxygen and that is crucial to an athlete. We only took them to the pool and the pool is also tiring and people will tell you it’s good for regeneration”, he told Starr Sports.
Meanwhile, Mashaba expects his charges to overcome the opposition from the Black Stars, who drew 0-0 with Uganda in their first World Cup qualifier on Friday and tonight’s friendly is expected to kick off (17:00GMT).