Bartlett: Bafana will benefit from Shakes


Bafana are currently finalising their preparations in Polokwane following their well-earned 2-0 victory over Congo in Point Noire on Saturday, a result which saw them leap to the top of the group A qualifying standings.

And in Bartlett’s point of view, the players seem to be enjoying a great understanding amongst each other on the field of play under the guidance of the new manager.

"I think Bafana will benefit a lot under Shakes Mashaba," Bartlett, who played 74 times for the country and is Bafan's second all-time top goal-scorer with 29 goals, said.

"The good thing is that it is very different to what we have seen in the past coaches, and you can see the confidence of the boys is high. It can only serve as a good thing going forward for the country.

“Everybody seems to be working hard and knowing their responsibilities and with that said, this will give us no problem going forward and as a country, we will benefit a lot from Shakes."

The former FC Zurich, Charlton Athletic and Kaizer Chiefs forward and current Golden Arrows coach added that fans should not get carried by the recent good results, but hopes they can continue as Bafana push for qualification for the continent’s elite cup competition.

"It is good so far but it will be good if we qualify and then we will gather our thoughts and say 'they can give us something good going forward', but we mustn't get carried away by the results,” the 1996 Afcon winner said.

“We must not take anything away from what we have done though, and we just need to make sure that we qualify for Afcon comfortably and it will bode well for Bafana.

“And from what I have seen, it has been good and I like how much the players have applied their minds and I hope we build on that.

“These players have done tremendously well and long may it continue,” the 41-year-old added.

Bafana, who are yet to concede a goal in their three qualifiers thus far, will welcome the Congolese in the second leg in Polokwane on Wednesday evening, with kick-off scheduled for 20:05.