Bafana Bafana

Pienaar: We tried as a team

2012-06-04 09:13
Steven Pienaar (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar was disappointed after their 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in a 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier on Sunday but believes that they will bounce back.

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Katelgo Mphela netted a late equaliser for the hosts to ensure that the spoils were shared but Pienaar admits that they caused their own pressure on the day.

"We had a few openings but we just couldn't finish it up. As a whole as a team we put ourselves under pressure a couple of times, giving the ball away too easy and after that the goal game," he said.

"I think we created three or four chances before that and we just gave the ball away simply and we got punished.

"We tried as a whole team, we knew it was going to be tough. They were well organised as a team, and going one down, we just had to stay calm and push all the way. We knew the goal would come - it came a bit too late, but it's not all lost.

"We still have five games to go and we just have to keep our heads up and make sure the next game we don't make the same mistakes."

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