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South Africa need to change their strategies to win

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Do South Africa have what it takes to beat Mali or does coach Gordon Igesund need to call in some Springboks as reinforcements?
 
With Mali being far better in height and strength with stars like Samba Diakite and Seydou Keita, many fear that the South African back-line will not be able to handle them.
Some fans believe that Bafana Bafana can beat Mali with sheer determination and the mental toughness to win.
 
Since their stellar performance against Morocco, coming from behind twice to force a draw against the North African powerhouse, there was a sign that Gordon Igesund's side had what it takes to compete against the big boys.
 
Hosts South Africa are playing well and the strikers are showing good form, but there are some concerns that the defence is disorganised with the possibility of bringing in Siboniso Gaxa.
 
Somehow the midfield is not as strong as it should be, despite Oldham Athletic playmaker Dean Furman impressing against Angola.
 
There is no doubt in the minds of the South African fans that the Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa's number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune kept us in the game against Morroco with two brilliant saves, and has shown why he is considered one of the best goalkeepers and ball distributors in Africa.
 
I asked a couple of South Africans what they think Igesund needs to do in order to beat Mali.
 
Tulani Tshaka said: "GI [Igesund] should play a 4-3-3 strategy. Bench Mahlangu, Phala and Mphela, with Yeye [Letsholonyane], Tshabalala in their place. I'm not happy with Mphela and Phala, as they aren't pulling their weight."
 
Curtiswellie Chong Fo M added: "Don't play Tshabalala or Yeye, and drop Mphela and Phala for Majoro and Serero.
 
"Shift Mahlangu to the right wing, put Yeye on in the second half, Manyisa and Matlaba should not take any further part in the competition, Chabangu can be brought on in the 80th minute."
 
However, seasoned football fans believe that South Africa should return to playing 'carpet football', passing the ball and keeping it on the ground.
 
The Bafana Bafana should play through the middle with with sheer wizardry and African flair to the strikers to score.
 
They should avoid long balls in the air as the Malians are strong, and revert back to the old-style game, in an attempt to win their first African Cup of Nations since 1996.
Can Gordon and his troops emulate the class of 96?
 
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