Cape Town - Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba bemoaned his side's first-half showing in a 1-1 draw with Ghana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday evening.
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Mashaba men's went into the first-half break with a one-goal deficit, with Mubarak Wakaso firing the Black Stars in front from the penalty spot on 38 minutes.
Speaking to SABC TV after the friendly encounter, Mashaba said: "Well, if we were to talk about the performance, the first half was very poor.
"We didn't play the way (we would have liked), but what can we do? We had to give certain players a chance to show us what they can do."
However, the South Africans managed to turn things around after the break, thanks in no small part to some impact substitutions.
Ayanda Patosi bagged the all-important equaliser in the 52nd minute, as Bafana secured a share of the spoils.
"In the second half, when we brought some players on, a big change happened," said Mashaba. "But there are still a few areas we need to work on, especially when we lose the ball. Regaining possession is a problem to us."