South African national team coach Gordon Igesund believes that Bafana have improved a lot from when he was appointed to replace Pitso Mosimane.
Igesund said that there is unity in the team. He believes that the recent Afcon tournament was the beginning of good things for Bafana Bafana.
“We have come a long way in a short space of time. As the tournament went on the players started to believe in themselves and played good football. Now there is a lot confidence, a lot of camaraderie in the team and good spirit,” Igesund told the official Safa website.
With Bafana lying third on the log of four teams, Igesund admitted that it is going to be tough to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but he is optimistic that they can accomplish their mission with or without pressure.
“Our mission is to qualify for Brazil in 2014. Yes, it is a tough task but I don’t think we will feel the kind of pressure we felt when we started the Afcon 2013 tournament, where we were not given a chance. I have no doubt in my in my mind that we will do well because we are not under the same pressure as we were then,” added Igesund.
Igesund will have to begin his journey to Brazil without two of his key defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Tsepo Masilela who have both been ruled out of the Central African Republic clash due to injuries.
However, Igesund has been boosted by the return of midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala who did not train with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning after it was confirmed that the Chiefs man is injured. Safa confirmed that Tshabalala will starting training with rest of the squad on Thursday morning after the MRI scan results came back positive.