Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba explains Daine Klate recall for World Cup qualifier with Senegal
Posted: 28 October 2016 Time: 14:32
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba feels an area they have been lacking in of late has been decent delivery from the left-hand side of the pitch.
Mashaba named an experienced 25-man squad, which features just two Under-23 internationals, for their second Group D World Cup qualifier against Senegal on November 12.
South Africa are currently in second, along with Burkina Faso on one point, with the Lions of Teranga topping the standings after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in their group opener earlier this month.
Having already emphasised the importance of winning at home, Mashaba feels another key factor is to improve the quality of supply from the left-flank and thus included in-form Bidvest Wits midfielder Daine Klate.
“By right, we should be having 10 players from Mamelodi Sundowns because they are the current African champs,” Mashaba told reporters at SAFA House on Thursday morning.
“But we don’t count how many players we select from one specific team; we look at their current performance and see what they can do, and we look at where we are lacking.
“If you look at most of the times, in our teams we are lacking a good supply of crosses from the left, so that’s what we looked at and said ‘let us try to bring in [someone] who can possibly bring in quality deliverance of balls from that side.”
The 31-year-old has continued his good run from last season, in which he managed 12 goals and 15 assists to help the Clever Boys to a runners-up finish behind league champions Sundowns, and returns to the national team for the first time since September 2013.
Mashaba adds that Klate is a “specialist” in the area in which Bafana have been lacking and hopes the former Orlando Pirates winger can replicate his club form for the national team.
“We have seen it at Wits that that’s his one area of specialisation, in terms of delivering balls into the box,” he added.
“And then of course if he stars or plays, he’s one player who can give you combinations – one-twos going forward – and that is why we brought him in and said let’s look at what he can do for us."
In years gone by there has been a notion that the former junior international cannot perform at senior level, however, ‘Bra Shakes’ says he cannot judge a player based on previous coaches’ assessments and emphasises the need for Klate’s supply based on his recent club contribution.
“My problem is I cannot comment on what’s been said of him underperforming under other coaches. Like I’ve said, it’s what we have seen now, we have a problem of deliverance – quality crosses – into the box from the left hand side,” he reiterated.
“So we’ve brought him in for that specifically. Sometimes he give you combinations, and he can take shots at goal sometimes too. Those are some of the things we’ve looked at and we brought him in.”