Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Katlego Mphela © Gallo Images

Mphela goes in search of goals



Striker Katlego Mphela is confident he can help the struggling Bafana Bafana attack when they play their second match of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) against Angola on Wednesday.

The hosts opened the tournament with a lacklustre goalless draw against Cape Verde Islands on Saturday and have received plenty of criticism in the aftermath.

It was the third consecutive match they failed to score following a 1-0 friendly loss to Norway and another 0-0 stalemate against Algeria earlier in January.

“I think we have quality strikers here,” Mphela said in Durban on Monday.

“Statistically you know I've played in these tournaments before and I'm the most experienced striker in this team, so I think I can be the difference.”

The 28-year-old, who won his 50th cap on Saturday and has scored over 20 goals for Bafana Bafana, believed it was his responsibility, as a forward, to break their goal-scoring drought.

“Now that the Afcon is here, and we obviously didn't play well in our first game, we want to do well in our second one," he said.

"Hopefully I'll get some goals for the team to get through to the next round.”

Mphela, slowly nursing his way back from six months on the sidelines due to a knee injury, had a 22-minute run out against Cape Verde, but made little impact, along with most of his teammates, who had frozen under pressure, according to coach Gordon Igesund.

The Mamelodi Sundowns striker is tipped to start when South Africa face the Angolans in Durban and he believed he was up to the task.

“My fitness is ok now. I've played a couple of friendlies already and the other day I came in as a substitute, playing about 20 minutes," he said.

“If I'm picked and I start against Angola, then I think I'm more than ready. I'm prepared to step up to the plate and try to obviously get what we need, which is goals.”

Mphela also defended the Bafana midfielders, who were blasted for a lack of creativity in the opening match.

“The last game we did not create enough chances, but in the two friendlies we played before that we created a lot, so I don't think (supply) was an issue,” he said.

“As the coach has said, the players were a bit frozen for the opening match.

“I think going into the next game we'll create more chances.”

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

The Best Football Funnies Ever I - Iv - Ep 1
Swimming - Day 2 - Heats
In And Around Glasgow - Ep 6

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home ‘battered and bruised’
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...

Emeka Enyadike
Joachim Loew: German lessons for Africa
How do you win the World Cup? How do you prepare a team for the greatest show on earth? How do you...