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 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.”

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

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Donald Duck
posted: 2014-09-03 10:44:43

Good luck to the bullet, very sad for spider kid. Hopefully Pieterse/Khuzwayo will do a gud job in the MTN8 final..

The Yellow King
posted: 2014-09-03 10:57:22

I'm not convinced, You've been around for long time now, and playing few games and scored I still not convinced

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-09-03 11:03:09

Few good performance then a big, wet mouth talk about BB is a trait that is worrisome from S.frican players.

Focus on your game, everything including doing well for the nation will fall into its place but talking too much like Diyo Sibisi once did for example when he was hot (for few months) will lead to your destruction. 

For now, just shake off the residue that you have accumulated on the bench over the years, so far you are doing well.

Ibhola Lethu
posted: 2014-09-03 11:25:04

Mgugudi Treble Addict Looking at Mashaba's selection, I don't think some of this boys (Mandla included) were selected due to recent performances...

If it was for performance, then what has Ndulula and Ntuli done that is better than erasmus to be selected..? 

My Opinion: There are players he coached at junior level that he rates high and feel can offer bafana something so he called them...

Mbompha kaSthayi
posted: 2014-09-03 11:40:11

Sometimes i don't understand the thinking of another people,this boy is the hottes property at the moment he is best with his blind runs into the box, he know when to shoot or not ontop of everything he play his game according to coaches instruction,a team player by nature.... a very humble player does driver around looking for trouble( girls& beer).

If we kill him( all this negative comment) some players matures later  like Masango...pls gents let us build a nation now or we will for ever playing second best to other nations amen!

posted: 2014-09-03 11:45:43

I guess our noisy neighbours are smilling now that Itu wont be available for selection but we can still rely on our solid deffence to protect whoever will be between the posts

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-09-03 11:51:18

The Yellow King  Do you think a cow can get a professional contract while still a teenager?

posted: 2014-09-03 11:53:04

heelmaster We are praying for Itu to get well. He has done this before and miraculously made it so he will do it again . Induku iyeza

Theopillus Doctorson
posted: 2014-09-03 12:08:36

"Firstly the player and ourselves were totally transparent with Chiefs. Chiefs wanted him but Knowledge made it clear his first choice was to stay overseas. While those opportunities were limited, it made sense to talk seriously to Chiefs. In SA it was only Chiefs as far as Knowledge was concerned. The personal package they offered him was fantastic and we all basically agreed on that." - Mike Makaab

posted: 2014-09-03 12:10:31

You will NEVER be convienced. I know your type. Girlfriend can dump you over the phone, go running to her and she tells you the same thing face to face, guess what? You still won't be convienced she doesn't want you anymore....

posted: 2014-09-03 12:11:00

heelmaster No no no Cowne is tricky he is  faking injury because of the 'backheel boys' of Nigeria. They backheeled him & ever since he is dodging them, mark my words he will be available for MTN8 final.

posted: 2014-09-03 12:26:49

I would like Shakes to play 4-3-3. To utilize width to create chances. We might see the best from this squad.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-09-03 12:30:59

Ibhola Lethu 

No wonder Shakes cries like a little girl, he is sentimental. BB is not about satifying your ex's but what they can do NOW.

posted: 2014-09-03 12:35:50

Ibhola Lethu Mgugudi Treble Addict ..IL you are making more sense than the initiator of this comment.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-09-03 12:47:10


So according to you Shakes is justified in calling players that are loyal to him than the course they should take, i.e, winning the games for the nation.

Based on the absured assertion by both you & IL, should Trott be the coach of BB, he would be justified in calling the likes of Zuma because he coached them before at a senior level.

By the way, the last time I checked, Shakes talked about form not about knowing these mediocre players from the junior level.

posted: 2014-09-03 14:27:32

Mzimba Shaker #KCInspire

posted: 2014-09-03 14:30:13

The Yellow King I am not convinced Ramagalela is a soccer player

posted: 2014-09-03 15:00:05

I am still praying he recovers soon, so that Erasmus and Majoro can take turns humiliating him. Bucs I remain

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