Don’t write us off just yet – Mashaba

 - LIKELY TO START: Young Bafana Bafana defender
– LIKELY TO START: Young Bafana Bafana defender

Odds stacked against Bafana Bafana as they prepare to secure last-gasp qualifier.

Billed as the toughest section at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations when the draw was made, Group C reaches its climax tonight. Everything is still up for grabs as group leaders Senegal take on pre-tournament favourites Algeria in Malabo while Ghana and South Africa clash in Mongomo.

Bafana Bafana have the toughest task of the four contenders and will be without Thulani Hlatshwayo after he suffered concussion in the 1-1 draw with Senegal last time out.

However, young defender Rivaldo Coetzee could return after missing that game.

“We still have another game to play, so don’t write us off just yet. Football has its own miracles. With one game to go, we can still surprise a lot of people,” coach Shakes Mashaba said.

There are myriad of different scenarios as all four sides bid to advance to the knockout stages, although Alain Giresse’s Senegal know that a draw against Algeria will take them through, while a win will ensure they go through to the last eight as group winners.

Algeria, who won 2-1 in the 1990 semifinals in the only previous meeting of the sides at the competition, know a win will take them into the last eight.

– The Herald Reporter 

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