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Mkhalele wary of Mambas threat

Bafana Bafana COSAFA Cup mentor Helman Mkhalele has warned his troops ahead of their opener against Mozambique saying it won’t be an easy walk in the park.

The two nations are familiar with each other, their last meeting was in last year’s edition in the semis, where Bafana emerged victorious to book a place in the final and eventually clinched it.

“The first game against Mozambique is going to be crucial because this is a side we beat in last year’s edition en route to the final. They will go into this tie with the intention of avenging that defeat and we cannot let them,” Mkhalele told SAFA media.

The 52-year-old further revealed their intentions and objectives going into the regional tournament.

“We are the defending champions and our intention is go all the way in fighting to defend our title. We have also made them [players] aware of the expectations set for them going into this tournament and our first game against Mozambique.”

“When you go to any tournament as a coach, you need to make sure that you have selected players who have the right mindset, attitude and the willingness to win.”

The much anticipated quarter final tie will be on July 13th, kickoff is at 17:00.

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