Cape Town - Bafana
Bafana assistant coach, Thabo Senong, says that South African players must
avoid being sucked into the physical battle when playing against more powerful
argues that teams with a more physical presence often attempt to drag more
technically talented teams into a battle of attrition where there can only
emerge one winner.
African players are knows to struggle when playing in continental competitions,
be it at club level or with the national team, but Senong believes that this
can be overcome if players are able to imprint their own style on the game.
have told our players to identify certain pockets in which to play; South
African players are very good when they play closer to each other with quick
combination play,” the Bafana assistant and Amajita head coach
Angola players like Jabulani Shongwe, Ayanda Patosi and Thulani Serero, who was
playing between the striker and the two centre mids, were able to identify
pockets of space which makes them look good because they have the technique and
are intelligent players who have an impact in small areas.
players must avoid getting drawn into too much physical contact because we are
not physically superior to other African teams, so we must make sure we play
between the lines and exploit any pockets of space.”
South African Football Coaches Association (SAFCA) has recently been very vocal
over the need to adopt a National Playing Philosophy (NPP) and they seem to be
signing the same tune as Senong when it comes to the style they believe will
suit the country’s players best.