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Shakes Mashaba praises South Africa’s performance against Egypt

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South Africa manager Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba expressed his delight at his team’s performance after beating Egypt 1-0 to win the 2016 Nelson Mandela Challenge.

South Africa’s Mpho Makola scored an early goal as both sides ended their preparations for 2018 World Cup qualifying.

“In the first half we played very well, but in the second half we played most of the time with our reverse mind,” Mashaba told SABC Sport.

“We didn’t play too much forward and allowed them to play between the lines which nearly caused us problems, bringing in our subs allowed us to stabilize again and we started playing very well again,” Mashaba continued.

“But we were playing against a highly technical team and we have seen how they run off the ball very well and exploit spaces well. The boys have done a great job and we deserved the victory,” the former Swaziland manager added.

The Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, after finishing third in qualification Group M.

However Mashaba has believed that his team’s performance in the last qualifier – against Mauritania – did not differ much from today.

“The performance is not much different, the only difference was that we were playing a different bunch of players today. The Mauritania team had pace, but Egypt kept on changing the gears,” the 66-year-old explained.

“We played very well in both games, our boys managed to score goals in both matches. In this one we scored and we managed to consolidate,” Mashaba said.

“The biggest problem is that when we get into the box everybody wants to play alone as an individual and they believe in the solo effort, we lacked a bit of combination up front today, especially in the second half.

“We are still on our mission of building up a team and it is paying off well. All the players that came in, you could see played very well, even though fatigue was taking its toll.” he concluded concluded.

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