Mashaba: Stats don’t count


Bafana Bafana have played Congo on eight occasions since 1992, winning four games compared to their opponents’ three.

Yet even though the statistics favour South Africa, Mashaba is not focusing on the numbers ahead of the double-header against their African rivals.

“Sports and mathematics don’t belong together,” Mashaba said. “In my view stats don’t have a big role in these games; there are no guarantees because it is about now. 

“It is another day, it is another game. We all have to come up with new ideas, a new approach and new commitment from the players.”

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Mashaba is fully aware of the tough task facing his charges, and hopes the referees will be able to control what he believes will be a very physical encounter.

“It is going to be a very physical game," he said. “It is going to need a strong match official because with a weaker referee it is going to be spoilt match. 

“The referees must exert their authority on it. But if it is open it is going to be open then it will be one of the best games ever.”

Asked whether he feels any pressure, he coolly said: “I don’t feel any pressure at all.

“The only time I feel pressure is when I have dinner because I know if I don’t finish the food my wife will ask where I had food before coming home.”

The Bafana Bafana squad completed their final preparations at the match venue on Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday’s encounter scheduled for 16:30, South African time.