Africa Tribune
Shakes: No Statuses In National Teams; Bafana Will Be In Morocco
CAF - October 9, 2014
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba says key to the success of any national side was to ensure that national trainers "allowed no statuses" in their camps and were willing to take risks that with young players who would in the long run help achieve good results.

Shakes, who has got South Africa to a good start in Group A on the road to Afcon Morocco 2015 also reckons that Bafana's October back-to-back clashes against Congo's Red Devils will clear the way for the 1996 African champions to fly the rainbow flag at the 30th edition of the continent's premier championship.

"It's going to be war in Congo. We have a history with them but that is not what we will be telling the players. That is for us to worry about and deal with.

We have watched them, they have weak points which I cannot disclose because that is what we are going to exploit when we play them. We have to get the players ready for the physicality of the Congolese and put in systems that will ensure we emerge on top against their expected physical game and beat them tactically," Mashaba told at the end of the two day FIFA/CAF African national coaches and technical directors' conference in Cairo, Egypt.

"Bafana will be in Morocco," Shakes said, stressing that key to achieving the Moroccan goal lay with "getting a result in Congo and finishing off the job at home".

On his transformation of Bafana Bafana which has seen him take what some football observers have branded risks of using 'young players', Mashaha said coaches needed to be brave to "shake" things up by taking a risk with promising young players who are able to compete well with the other established national squad players.

"If you lose with young players, you know that they will get some lessons, you can pick them up again and fight another day; you know you also have a foothold into the future because you have a forward going team," Shakes said adding: "It's important to stress too that in any national team, there should be no special status for any players. They are one, with a common goal. They represent their countries and it's an honour for them to do so and they have to stick together, work together, old and new and with the support of all stakeholders and the fans, we can achieve a lot."

Bafana are away in Pointe Noire October 11 on match day three of the group phase of Morocco qualifying and host the Congolese in Polokwane on Wednesday 15th October in Polokwane.
South Africa opened her campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory against Sudan in Khartoum before settling for a 0-0 against Nigeria's Super Eagles in Cape Town.
The top two teams in each of the seven qualifying groups make it to Morocco with one best placed third team also making it.