Cape Town - Shakes
Mashaba’s assistant coach, Thabo Senong, believes that South African coaches
have to improvise to get the best out of the talented players that they have at
beat Mauritius 2-0 on Sunday in CHAN qualifying to advance 5-0 on aggregate,
doing so with a largely inexperienced team and Senong puts this down to
consistency in their tactical approach.
used the same approach against Angola and now Mauritius,” Senong told Sport24.
says that Mahsaba’s approach is one in which he seeks to make maximum use of
the technical talents of his players but admits that South African coaches have
to be somewhat inventive to overcome the players’ inherent flaws that are a
result of the country’s substandard youth structures.
the coach to implement these tactics it is going to require players who are
highly technical and have the right skills but we know that at times our
players can be a little bit erratic.
players are very, very talented but we know that many of them were not properly
nurtured so we have to improvise as coaches to utilise the strengths of our
players and improve on their weaknesses.
we have emphasised the importance of realising moments, because there are two
forms of attacking: you can either attack when the opposition are organised or
when they are not.
your opposition is unorganised, this is where the players have to realise those
moments and capitalise.
when the defensive make-up is reinforced which is sometimes called
‘parking-the-bus’ it is then very important to keep possession patiently,” he
Bafana showed patience in their build-up play against Angola in a friendly a
few weeks ago although the passing was slightly slow; they displayed an
increased tempo to their game in the two legs over Mauritius which saw them
exploit the islanders’ scrambled defence.