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Da Gama laments Angola's defensive tactics

2017-03-29 08:27
Owen da Gama (Gallo Images)

East London - Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Owen da Gama expressed his displeasure at the manner in which Angola implemented their game plan in their goalless draw at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Tuesday evening.

The South African senior national side and Palancas Negras failed to break the deadlock in a friendly international encounter played before a packed stadium.

Despite Bafana Bafana dominating the game, the Angolans "parked the bus" in an attempt to catch Da Gama's charges on the counter-attack.

Angola's tactics proved to be too much for South Africa's attackers as they failed to break their opponents defence.

"We had to look at all the players. We had to give them an opportunity, but Angola were ultra-defensive," the 55-year-old Da Gama said after the game.

"They were defending with six defenders at any given time.

"They obviously knew our type of football that we play, but they just depended on the counter-attack and it was ultra-defensive.

"Second half, we dominated, we took control of the game, but we just couldn't get that one goal," he added.

With the two friendly games against Angola and Guinea-Bissau now a thing of the past, attention now turns to the announcement of the new national team head coach to succeed the sacked Shakes Mashaba.

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan confirmed that an announcement will be made after the game against Angola, most likely to be Thursday or Friday this week.

Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Roger de Sa, has been strongly linked to the vacant position.

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