Shakes Mashaba blames Bafana Bafana’s wasteful finishing for their Afcon 2017 qualification failure.
The South Africa coach is under moerse pressure from media and the public to be fired.
And after Safa boss Danny Jordaan criticised his team’s performance in their 1-1 draw with Mauritania on Friday, Shakes could be closer to the exit door than ever.
But ahead of tonight’s Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against five-time African champions Egypt, Shakes says his team just needs to find the back of the net (kickoff 7.30pm).
He says: “I don’t read newspapers. Until somebody comes and tells me what is happening, I know nothing about that. If somebody wanted to tell me something, I think they would have done it by now.”
Mashaba went on to suggest that he partly regrets seeing Bafana qualify for the 2015 Afcon at the first time of asking under his watch.
He says: “We raised expectations from people.
“When we took over Bafana, we had two weeks [before the start of the opening qualifier for that specific Afcon tournament] and we qualified.
“That was unexpected, but we were unaware that we are raising pressure. And now everybody thinks we are world-beaters.
“I will still credit a lack of scoring goals for not qualifying for next year’s Afcon.
“That is the biggest problem we are sitting with.
“If we could convert one or two chances in most of our games, we are home and dry. We are playing good football.”
“Criticism is always there.
“It is most unfortunate, but you don’t get exactly what people want to tell you when they are criticising you.
“They will say the team didn’t play well, but there is no elaboration.”
Mashaba is likely to ring the changes for the Egypt encounter, but his strikers against face a tough challenge getting past the Pharaoh’s defence as they are among the most miserly in terms of conceding goals.
Thamsanqa Gabuza was guilty of missing a penalty and a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper.
Whether he gets a chance, remains to be seen.