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"I'm not going to say much about the interview because it's still an ongoing process and we need to respect that," Mashaba says. "But the criteria was very clear and I knew what was expected from me."
Mashaba, whose first match in the Bafana hot seat came in October 1992 on a caretaker basis, when he led the team to a 1-0 win over Congo in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, says Bafana still have a great future.
"With every year that passes, the senior national team faces different difficult challenges. When 'Screamer' Tshabalala took over in 1992 he inherited a crop of very talented players who were raw and had no international experience.
"When Clive Barker took over the team was improving, but he faced challenges of club-versus-country as we had a lot of players moving overseas. At the moment we don't have a lot of players in Europe and those who are there are not getting enough game-time.
"So under these circumstances we need a coach that will improvise and turn the negatives into positives. We need someone who can turn our fortunes around.
"The African Nations Cup next year should be used as a springboard, we need to reach at least the semi-final, if we can't get to the final. The World Cup qualifiers are not yet over, we must not lose hope."
Mashaba was at the helm of Bafana Bafana from 2002 and lost his job on the eve of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.
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