The winner in Sunday’s game qualifies for the CAF African Youth Championships scheduled for Senegal next year.
“This is a big match but having come so close, we cannot afford to let it slip away. I know Cameroon has some really good players but we are fully prepared to take matters into our own hands,” said Mashaba, who will leave the Amajita post to focus on Bafana Bafana after Sunday’s encounter.
The squad had light training at the match venue on Saturday morning where the emphasis was on set pieces, penalties among other tactics. They boys will relax for the remainder of the day and will have a late meeting in which the starting line-up will be announced.
The new Bafana Bafana coach said the general mood in the country regarding football within ‘our national teams’ was the best for a long time since the country was readmitted into FIFA.
“Everything is beginning to fall into place and taking shape whether it is the U17, U20, Banyana Banyana; the gods of soccer are really starting to smile on us. I would therefore want to call upon the entire country to rally behind the nation and help build this great sport,” he said.
Mashaba also urged critics to be fair in their criticism and dwell on negatives.
“Let us support those called up to the national team and avoid unnecessary criticism. I will continue to monitor all players doing well but I can only have a certain number of players in a squad.”
He said his motto was to select players who were focused, passionate; those who respect the national flag and were prepared to die for the country.
“As I said when I named the Bafana Bafana squad that I was not cleaning up but renovating the system. And that renovation must begin to take shape with our match against Cameroon as we drive towards the road to Moscow,” he said.