Goal.com spoke with former Bafana striker Phil Masinga about the impression left by the South Africa’s national team following their 2-0 victory over CAR last Saturday nightFormer Bafana striker Phil Masinga is amongst millions of football fans who believe that Bafana should have beaten Central African Republic with a bigger margin during their 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium.
Masinga was however, impressed with Bafana’s overall performance. He believes that the win is what Bafana needed to get back into the World Cup campaign, but has warned that there is still an uphill task ahead.
“I think Bafana played well in all departments. We should have scored more than just two goals, because we created a lot of scoring opportunities, but three points is what matters most at this stage,” Masinga told Goal.com.
“Our boys shouldn’t get carried away because there is still a couple of games to go. We still have to play CAR and Ethiopia away from home, and that could be a daunting task for us,” said Masinga.
Masinga was left speechless by Thabo Matlaba's long range strike that gave Bafana a huge morale boost going into the second half of the match. He thinks Matlaba’s goal will forever remain in the minds of South Africans.
“It was a brilliant goal. Nobody expected that kind of fantastic strike from a defender, especially looking at how far he was from the goal. Bafana fans will forever remember it. I was speechless,” he said.
Although the former Sundowns marksman was impressed by the entire Bafana team on Saturday night, Masinga believes that captain Itumeleng Khune had an outstanding game against CAR.
“It’s difficult to pick one player from the whole team, because like I said the whole team did well, but if I really have to choose one, then it will definitely be Itumeleng Khune. He produced brilliant saves that kept Bafana in the game,” added Masinga.