- Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has bemoaned the lack of game time for his players, but says the situation is out of his control
- The national team hasn't played a match since the Africa Cup of Nations
- Bafana take on Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge over the weekend and Ntseki hopes it will prepare the team sufficiently for when they face Ghana and Sudan in Afcon qualifiers
Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has shared his frustrations over the lack of game time for his players, but added that the situation is beyond his control.
South Africa hasn't played a match since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The national team missed out on two matches during prior international windows due to the xenophobic incidents that rocked the country.
Although Ntseki and the players would have been desperate for action, SAFA were only able to secure one contest during this window - the Nelson Mandela Challenge taking place on Sunday against Mali.
TimesLIVE reported that Ntseki conceded that the preparation hasn't been ideal, but he remains optimistic.
Ntseki said, "All that is important now is to make use of this opportunity of being with the team for five to six days, where we will assess and see if we can easily understand each other in a short time. At this level‚ you can easily relate to the players in terms of professionalism and technical understanding of the game.”
During the next international break, Bafana will face Ghana and Sudan in consecutive Afcon qualifiers and Ntseki hopes to make the most of next week's training camp to prepare the players.
The coach revealed that he has a clear plan and that the identity of the team should hopefully come through soon.
He said, “We need to prepare ourselves in such a way that will say this is how we want to play defensively and offensively."
Briefly.co.za understands that Ntseki has gone for a mix of old and new faces in the squad, but ultimately wants to ensure that the pride in the Bafana jersey is restored.
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