Bafana Bafana looked determined as they arrived in Durban on Sunday, and coach Gordon Igesund says the players will have to believe in themselves
“I think there is not much we can do about our last match. We now need to focus on the challenges ahead. We need to make sure that the players believe in themselves once again so that they can tackle the Angola side on Wednesday,” said Igesund.
Igesund also clarified why he didnt start players like Katlego Mphela and Thulani Serero.
"To start of with Serero, he doesn't have any injuries it is just a question of match fitness. It is the same with Mphela who I think was not fit to start a match," said Igesund.
Players were also awarded for reaching their 50 caps, which might also improve their confidence when they take on Angola. Some of the players that received their framed jerseys were Siboniso ‘Pa’ Gaxa (54 caps), Itumeleng Khune (51), Bernard Parker and Katlego Mphela who made their half century against Cape Verde on Saturday.
After the press conference players then rushed off to a light training session. Players such as Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Katlego Mphela amongst others were not in this training session which took place in the afternoon.
The rest of the players such as Thulani Serero, Itumeleng Khune and Siboniso Gaxa were all present. One of the factors we noticed was that their training session was focussed more on shooting on target.
On the opposite end all the three goalkeepers were seen cheering each other up and laughing, which is good to see after the tense opening match.
One of the players who did not get a run out on Saturday against Cape Verde is Dean Furman who was also seen pushing hard in the training session.
The tickets are now selling fast in Durban so we look forward to an important, cracking game.