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Mphahlele: Bafana Will Beat Egypt

Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says that, not only does he think Bafana Bafana can beat Egypt this evening, he believes they will.

Shakes Mashaba's side go into tonight's encounter with Egypt on the back of a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign that saw South Africa finish third in their group. However, they are looking for their third straight Nelson Mandela Challenge win.

Having beaten Ivory Coast in 2014 and Senegal last year, Mashaba is looking to help Bafana win the trophy a third year in a row for the first time in over a decade (2003, 2004 and 2005), and Mphahlele believes they have enough firepower to beat the seven-time African champions.

"We're aware of the challenge that we're facing, because we're playing one of the top sides in Africa. These are the games that we want to play as players, they're games we can be tested rather than playing the so-called 'small countries' and winning 4-0," the 26-year-old told media yesterday.

"It's good for us to play against the big boys so that we can know where we are and whether we're good enough. If we can beat them, then we know that we are also there. This crop of players are the same crop that qualified for the last Afcon, and for me, we can – and we will – beat Egypt."

Tonight's game at Orlando Stadium is set to begin at 7.05pm, with Mashaba having named his starting XI earlier today.

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