Masango: Bafana call-up is destiny
Posted: 3 September 2014 Time: 12:38 pm
In-form Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Mandla Masango has revealed how Bafana Bafana’s upcoming opponents Sudan have become a lucky charm in his career.
Masango's first ever call-up for international football came against the same opponents nine years ago when he represented the South Africa Under-17 team in a 2005 Under-17 Youth Championship qualifier.
That game for Amajimbos took place at the same Al-Merrikh Stadium where Bafana will play on Friday in their 2015 African Nations Cup Group A opener against the Falcons of Jediane.
Though Masango won two caps with a weakened Bafana team at the Cosafa Castle Cup last year, this is his first call-up to a full-strength senior national team, which is coincidentally coached by Shakes Mashaba – a man who knows him very well from the junior national teams.
The nimble-footed attacker tells KickOff.com how much he knows about the North African country.
“Can I tell you something? Some things are meant to happen. My first ever call-up at international football [Under-17 level] was actually against Sudan when we went to play them there so I know Sudan very well,” Masango explains.
“I will not be completely lost in Sudan because I have an idea of the kind of conditions that we will face there. I think these are the kind of things that you refer to as coincidence or even destiny, I don’t know. You just get this feeling that it was just meant to happen. So I know about Sudan because I have been there with the Under-17 national team.”
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The 25-year-old, who is looking forward to playing for the senior naiotnal team again, has asked for the country to show patience in the project that Mashaba has started.
“It is good that we are going there again under the new coach and we obviously cannot expect things to click right away from the first game. The national team needs time and someone who is patient like Shakes Mashaba,” Masango adds.
“I am sure he is building and in as much he is building I am sure he also wants the results because you must still compete. You don’t want to build in a losing cause.”