about Bafana Bafana is divided following their goalless draw against Nigeria in
their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Cape Town.
is nothing new in football, for opinion to vary.
were high following the convincing 3-0 win over Sudan that the South Africans
senior men's national soccer team would come out tops.
that the match ended in a stalemate, there are those who say it's a good result
given South Africa's record against Nigeria (played 10, won 1, drew 2, lost 7) while
there those who feel that the fact that people are proud of a draw, is a
reflection of how low Bafana have fallen.
let's look at the two matches.
Bafana played a disjointed game against Sudan in their first outing during the
They recovered and dished out a decent performance after
half-time and managed to score three good goals.
it has to be said that this was against
a country ranked 115th in the world while Bafana Bafana are number 69.
then against Nigeria, they started very well in the first half but did not have
such a great second half. They created fewer scoring chances and missed those
that came their way.
was too much hanging on to the ball which saw scoring chances being wasted as
the ball was soon taken away while team-mates were still waiting for the pass.
has to be noted that this was against the reigning African champions who were a
far better side than Sudan.
is the scenario after two rounds of these qualifiers: Bafana Bafana are sitting
second with four points from two outings while Congo Brazzaville (who would
have believed it) are on top having beaten Nigeria 3-2 away and Sudan 2-0 at
home. The Super Eagles are third and Sudan bottom.
gets tougher from here as Bafana will visit Congo next month. And where is the
match? At Point Noir a place South Africa doesn't have such fond memories of.
is where they had to train at the hotel lawn, were confronted by soldiers when
trying to use the field for training and on match day and Mark Fish was left
looking like a boxer who had gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson after the match.
then they face them in the return leg here at home.
the other hand, Nigeria have two matches against Sudan, who have proved to be
the whipping boys of Group A. So by the end of October, the scenario might have
are the intricacies of this beautiful game called football.
by this weekend, most of this will be pushed to the back of the mind as Premier
Soccer League action returns.
will be on Kaizer Chiefs who have won all their games going into their Saturday
encounter against the University of Pretoria.
Pirates who meet Chiefs in the MTN8 final next Saturday, will be up against
Bidvest Wits in the league and many will be dying to see if the Kermit Erasmus
& Lehlohonolo Majoro show continues.
two strikers have been red-hot for the Buccaneers.
then there is the coaching sideshow. People can't wait to see who is the next
coach to bite the dust. Three already have been shown the door, Cavin Johnson
at SuperSport United, Boebie Solomons at Polokwane City and Kostadin Papic at
S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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