Cape Town - South
Africa captain Dean Furman admits the side are bitterly disappointed to have
gone down to Algeria in their opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations on
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Bafana Bafana looked well on their way to a memorable Group
C victory over Africa's number-one ranked side as Thuso Phala opened the
scoring shortly after half-time before Shakes Mashaba's men won a penalty.
However, Tokelo Rantie contrived to slam his spot-kick
against the crossbar, signaling the beginning of the end for Bafana as Thulani
Hlatshwayo went on to head past his own goalkeeper before Faouzi Ghoulam and
Islam Slimani completed the turnaround for the Desert Foxes.
"We played against the top sidess over the last few
years and we have to be able to compete, one of the things that maybe changed
the game in their favour was when they moved to a 4-4-2," Furman said
after this week's Mongomo loss.
"They went a little more direct, up to the two strikers
up front, I think that's something we have to look at and maybe deal with a bit
better, but I think overall we competed very well, some of the football we
played was outstanding and as the coach said we were very disappointed not to
come away with the win today."
When asked about this side's feelings regarding Rantie's
penalty miss, Doncaster Rovers midfielder Furman said: "We won the
penalty, TK (Rantie) picked up the ball, he's our striker, he was confident, we
had 100 percent confidence in him, he went for the top corner, sadly it hit the
top of the bar and went away, and I'm sure if the next penalty arises, TK is a
confident player and I'm sure he'll be there with his hand up to take the next
"Listen, these things happen, we disappointed because
that would have put us 2-0 up, into a very good position but it wasn't to be
and we have to keep our heads up, we maintain that we played very well tonight,
just disappointed we didn't react when they got their first goal back."