Shakes backs Amajimbos to shine

SA National Teams

The first leg in Rustenburg is at 18h00. The second leg will be played on September 26, with the overall winner qualifying for the finals scheduled for Niger next March.

“I want to wish the boys and the entire technical staff all the best. This is the last hurdle and I am confident Amajimbos will do the country proud,” said Mashaba.

The coach led the national Under-20 side to the African Youth Championships scheduled for Senegal next year and six days later, led Bafana Bafana to their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sudan in Khartoum where they routed the home side 3-0 before rounding off the week with a goalless draw with Nigeria in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“The boys (Amajimbos) must take advantage of the buzz in the country but they must not put themselves under undue pressure just because they are playing at home. They still have the second leg to play although first impressions are the ones that matter,” said Mashaba.

“They must just work hard, express themselves and have self-belief.”

Mashaba said he would travel to Rustenburg to give the boys moral support.

“I want to be with them both physically and spiritually. This is our future and the nation must support such developmental projects,” he said.