Baby Bafana content with draw

2011-11-28 15:09
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - South Africa U-23 coach Shakes Mashaba felt Sunday's 1-1 draw against the Ivory Coast was a "well-earned point" in their CAF U-23 Championships encounter in Morocco.

Baby Bafana, reduced to ten men with the 52nd minute dismissal of Thami Sangweni, scored first through Phumelele Bhengu but substitute George Griffiths equalised with six minutes to go of the Group B tie at Marrakech Stadium.

"It was a game of contrasting tactics and was unfortunately decided by a red card to our player Thami Sangweni while we were leading 1-0 early in the second half," said Mashaba.

"Playing with ten men for such a long time at this level of the game is difficult, and despite that we managed to absorb the pressure and launched counter attacks that could have won us the match.

"I think we frustrated our opponents by keeping shape at all times and by also avoiding the short passing game they expected us to play. The red card made things extremely difficult for us and we should say it was a well-earned point at the end. We played against a very good Cote d'Ivoire team in a high intensity game."

South Africa's next match is against Gabon on Wednesday, with Mashaba expecting an improved display from his charges.

"The first match is out of the way now, and the players' anxieties must be a thing of the past. The focus is now on our next match against Gabon. It is a crucial clash that will determine our destiny in the Championship, and as a result, the preparation for it must equal its significance," concluded Mashaba.

Group B is led by Egypt with three points following their 1-0 win over Gabon in the earlier match.

The Ivory Coast and South Africa are in position two and three respectively with a point each, while Gabon is bottom of the table with no points.

Group A comprises Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Algeria.

The eight-team tournament serves as a qualifier for next year's London Olympics, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals.

The finalists and the winners of the third and fourth place matches will automatically qualify for next year's sporting showpiece. The fourth team will contest a play-off fixture against an Asian federation country.

Read more on:    shakes mashaba


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!


For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.