Bafana Bafana

Shakes bemoans goal-shy Bafana

2014-09-11 08:30
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba said his team’s performance was a clear indication of what South African football is made of following their 0-0 draw against Nigeria.

As it happened: Bafana Bafana v Nigeria

Bafana and the Super Eagles shared the spoils in an entertaining 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at a windy Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

Bafana could have wrapped up the game in regulation time but their front men failed to get beyond Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide, which left the former Black Leopards mentor fuming.

Mashaba believed his charges deserved to claim their first ever triumph in a competitive match against Stephen Keshi’s team.

“We created more chances than this team,’’ Mashaba said after the match.

“They had only three chances and we had about four to seven clear goal scoring chances which we didn’t take.

“This is a clear indication of what our football is made of. We should have slaughtered this people tonight (Wednesday) after a long time.

“It was our free walk in the park and we planned for them very well. We have indicated to the players that it won’t be a tactical game but it will be a mental game.

“We were all over them in the last 15 minutes and we should have scored. Some of our players are still struggling with stage fright and it killed them. But now we are going back to the drawing board and we will see what we can do.”

Wednesday’s stalemate kept Bafana in second place in Group A after Congo defeated Sudan 2-0 in the other fixture to go to the summit of the log.

The Nigerians remain third with a single point after their weekend loss to Congo and Wednesday’s draw.

Bafana’s next assignment will be away from home against Congo in a top of the table clash in October 15.  


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