Aaron Mokoena: No room for complacency as Bafana Bafana eye 2019 Afcon berth

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The Bafana captain believes only a strong mentality will take the national team over the line when they take on Libya

Former Bafana Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena has backed the national team to beat Libya but only if they have the right mentality.

‘Mbazo’ says coach Stuart Baxter’s men should be in the right frame of mind as they look to secure a ticket to the continental showpiece.

“Focus and strong mentality will be the key for Bafana on Sunday. They need to be on a positive mode,” Mokoena told  IOL.

“The way you train is the way you will play. We need to be in the right frame of mind. We tend to relax against such countries. We failed to beat Libya at home and Seychelles away from home,” he said.

The last time these two sides clashed, the match ended in a goalless draw, a result which will be enough to see Bafana advance as they require just a point to join Group E rivals Nigeria in Egypt

“We should have collected maximum points in those games. We have to produce the same performance and application that we showed when we beat Nigeria in the first game of these qualifiers,” Mokoena said.

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“We don’t have to panic. We must play to win. We don’t have to go there for a draw although it will be enough. Both teams are 'away' because the game will be played at a neutral venue,” he continued.

“It is going to be difficult away but we can do it if our mindset is right on the day,” concluded Mokoena.

 

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