Former Bafana Bafana coaches Gordon Igesund and Steve Komphela were impressed by the team’s performance in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.
Bafana, now under the watch of Shakes Mashaba, beat Sudan 3-0 away last weekend before drawing 0-0 with the Super Eagles in Cape Town on Wednesday.
“I thought Bafana Bafana played well,” Igesund tells KickOff.com.
“I was impressed with the commitment and the attitude of the players. I was happy with what I saw and I say well done to Shakes for the good results.
“It’s a tough group… Congo are tough as well as Nigeria. We couldn’t have asked for better than getting three points away and drawing at home. I am happy, for Shakes and the players. It’s a job well done and let’s keep on going,” adds the new SuperSport United mentor.
Maritzburg United tactician Komphela is likewise encouraged by the national side’s recent showings.
“Nigeria was not an easy match, and on Wednesday night it could have gone either way,” says the ex-Bafana caretaker boss to this website.
“There is a sense that something is starting there. There were chances that we could have taken – the one of [Tokelo] Rantie comes to mind – but we couldn’t take them. But the boys played with freedom and it has been encouraging.”
Komphela was pleased with the efforts of a number of Bafana’s players including Andile Jali, Dean Furman and Thabo Matlaba, but he had special words for Bidvest Wits attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi.
“He is one player that I believe can do a lot for this country, I think we should use him more,” Komphela says.