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Goal.com caught up with the former Bafana and Bari striker Philemon Masinga, who shared his thoughts on South Africa's progress in the 2013 Afcon

Former Bafana Bafana striker Philemon Masinga told Goal.com that the Bafana players need to show character against Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Masinga also emphasized on the importance of sharing the responsibilities in field. He believes that all players should take the stand and play a leadership role in their respective positions.

“It is all about having players with character against Mali. We need leaders and all the players should have character,” said Masinga.

The former Bari striker is very impressed with what he has seen in Siyabonga Sangweni so far in the tournament, and he thinks that Pirates defender will be key for Bafana against Les Aigles.

“He’s a pillar for our defence. It was great seeing Sangweni pushing forward and scoring goals. He finishes like a striker and that should push our strikers to put more effort,” he said.

The 43-year-old Masinga, thinks that our strikers have not been getting as much supply as possible for them to score enough goals and he thinks Thulani Serero is the player that can be utilized to solve that problem for Bafana.

“We still need a player that can split the opponents defense with passes and direct them to our strikers,” added Masinga.

“A player that comes close to doing that is (Thulani) Serero. I also think that our wingers can do that too. We have Thuso Phala and Lerato Chabangu who can give us options. I mean, the majority of our central midfielders are comfortable with defending,” he said.

Masinga, who scored 18 goals in 58 appearances for Bafana between 1992 and 2001, also told Goal.com that coach Gordon Igesund must keep the same starting line-up against Mali on Saturday as a symbol of appreciation.

“Gordon shouldn’t make the mistake of changing the team in the quarterfinal. He should keep the same starting line-up because that is the team that gave him the results that he needed, three points against Angola, and a point against Morocco,” concluded Masinga.

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