Mashaba has kept faith in a younger generation of players which he hopes can bring better fortunes to South African football in the next few years. The start has indeed been encouraging.
He fielded a team of youngsters who gave it their best short and displayed an aura of football brilliance on the pitch. The young guns will be hoping to gun down troubled Nigeria when the two former AFCON winners meet in their eagerly awaited 2014 Africa Cup of Nations at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Nigeria will arrive in the Cape desperate for three points having lost their own opening qualifier at home to Congo Brazzaville on Saturday. They suffered an unexpected 2-3 setback.
Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana beat Santos 3-1 in a friendly encounter that was played on Sunday at Athlone Stadium. The revamped Bafana got their goals through Tokelo Rantie, Sibusiso Khumalo and midfielder Keegan Dolly.