Shakes Mashaba unsure about Lehlohonolo Nonyane
Posted: 2 July 2015 Time: 17:58
Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba admits he is not sure who to play at left-back against Mauritius after Lehlohonolo Nonyane arrived late for camp.
Nonyane was a late call-up following the earlier withdrawals of Thabo Matlaba, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Mark van Heerden, but the coach admits he may not be ready to start.
Van Heerden starred at left-back in the first leg but injury has ruled him out of the team for Sunday’s game.
“Changes will always be there, but we haven’t decided on who we are going to play or not. By tomorrow when we get to Mauritius we will know exactly who will start. But I can confidently say we have a left-back which has been a problematic area since the start of the week, unfortunately the player [Nonyane] arrived late in camp and his level of fitness is suspect,” said Mashaba.
“When we get down to Mauritius we hope he would have settled and ready to play. We will talk to our physical trainer to assess him so that in the match we will know how to help him and cover for him if needed.”
Mashaba is also delighted with the way things went this week compared to the preparations leading to the first leg clash.
“We are doing everything we can that our boys are not swallowed by the 3-0 victory that we got in the first leg. All our boys are professional enough and I know they will forget about the past - we always tell them that they must forget about yesterday and prepare for tomorrow. What we achieved yesterday is history now.”
South Africa will have one final training session at the matchday venue, the Stade Anjalay, on the eve of the game. Kick-off is at 13h00 (SA time) on Sunday.