After getting a point in Cape Verde on Friday, the Senior Men National Team is aiming for maximum points against the Blue Sharks as the Cape Verde National Team is affectionately known. This will not be an easy match for Sihlangu as per the head coach Dominic Kunene. “It won’t be an easy match based on what I saw in Cape Verde thus we were happy with the valuable point that we got in Cape Verde”, Kunene said. As per the head coach, Cape Verde is a difficult team to play against as they can posses the ball very well.
When queried about his approach in as far as the second leg clash to be played on Tuesday afternoon, he emphasised about the importance of protecting his goal first before being offensive. “We have to protect our goal first before thinking about being offensive”, Kunene said. He also highlighted that, they will try to create some chances to score.
His words were echoed by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta. The skipper who missed the first leg due to suspension but watched the match on television, also observed that Cape Verde is an experienced and good team thus being difficult opponents. “They are experienced and very good thus being difficult opponents. It is important to protect our goal post first before being offensive,” Mkhonta said. He acknowledged the efforts of his teammates during the first leg. “I must acknowledge the efforts of my teammates in as far as the first leg was concerned as getting a point away from home is not an easy task,” the skipper said. The skipper also highlighted the importance of the second leg match against Cape Verde to be played at the Mbombela Stadium. “It is an important match for us because getting a good result will increase our chances of qualifying for the finals of this competition,” Mkhonta said. He believes that they have a chance of getting maximum points in as far as this fixture is concerned.