Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki is hoping for a positive start to his career as the head coach of the SA national team.
Ntseki filled the vacancy left by coach Stuart Baxter who resigned after the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
His first official assignment is against 57th FIFA ranked Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon. SA ranked 71st.
The former U/17 Men’s head coach admits it’s exciting times for him being on the bench for the first time as head coach.
“Exciting moments that come with very big responsibilities, knowing that it’s your first match and you feel you have to play to win the match of which it’s a very positive feeling. But one also has to understand that in a game of football anything can happen,” Ntseki said.
“Having said that, we are going to give Mali the respect they deserve. When you look at Mali in the CAF and FIFA rankings they are above us. But we are in a very good mood in camp and the players, staff and everybody is looking forward to this match and as a result I think we are very positive and confident that on the day we will do well.”
The match starts at 15:00 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. This will be the 25th Nelson Mandela Challenge match for Bafana and a 14th time they face an African opponent in the challenge.