South Africa's Ayanda Patosi
Thursday Mar 26, 2015. 13:05
Ahead of their friendly against Nigeria, Bafana Bafana’s midfielder Ayanda Patosi said he’d like to win the match in Mbombela.
Shakes Mashaba’s men are set to host the Super Eagles this coming weekend after their match against Swaziland on Wednesday night where they ran out 3-1 winners.
The Lokeren player in Belgium said they did well against the former African champions in the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“In fact, if you look closely at the matches in the 2015 qualifiers, we played very well against Nigeria,” said Patosi.
“We actually dominated in some stages and were on the brink of victory, but could not finish them off. We have to beat them this time because we had so many chances in our last two matches against them.
“I was in Cape Town watching the match and was very impressed by our players. This time I am part of the team and would like nothing but victory over them.”
When asked about the new faces in the squad such as Polokwane City’s Cole Alexander, Free State Stars’ Daniel Cardoso, Tuks' Thabo Mnyamane (who score on debut against Swaziland) and Black Leopards’ Siphelele Ntshangase, the Khayelitsha-born man said it’s a good move for the future.
“It is good for the future of our national team, but what is even better is that nowadays many players want to play for the national team and that increases competition for places and helps the squad grow,” added the 22-year-old.
“Everybody now believes they will get a chance if they do well at their clubs, which is something that was missing before and this mean now we can have a squad that has players that are committed.
“It is very important to play for your country, important for your career because when you play for your national team you get more confidence when you return to your club.
“Also when my playing days are over, I can look back and say I also made a contribution to my country’s course.”
The match gets underway at 15:30 at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.