Shakes focused on making history


Ahead of South Africa's return fixture against Congo in 2015 African Nations Cup qualifying on Wednesday night in Polokwane, Mashaba's side sit in the enviable position of Group A leaders after two wins and one draw.

Bafana top the group on seven points, followed by Congo on six and Sudan on three, while group favourites Nigeria have stumbled into last place with one point. There are three qualifiers for each team remaining.

Mashaba wants the current crop of players to forge their own story and qualify for Morocco 2015, where he believes they can do great things again.

"To the players, we all heard what has been said," he told the gathered press ahead of the next game against Congo at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

"There was a class of 99, but let me tell you, there was a class of 1950, the late Eric 'Scara' Sono – Jomo Sono's father – we had those people playing football, that was another class.

"And then we came on, we had the class of the 70s … us … and now we went to the class of 96 [who won the Nations Cup]…

"I heard the premier [of Limpopo, Stan Mathabatha] talking something that I never thought of … we've got to be proud, we are the class of 2014. We are opening ways [writing a new chapter]…"

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If South Africa beat Congo on Wednesday they will secure a place at next year's Nations Cup, with a home match against Sudan and an away trip to Nigeria still to come.