Giresse wary of Bafana threat

2015-01-22 11:02
Alain Giresse (Supplied)
Alain Giresse (Supplied)
Cape Town - Senegal coach Alain Giresse believes South Africa were unlucky to lose against Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations opener as he praised their attacking abilities ahead of Friday's encounter.

Bafana Bafana were beaten 3-1 by the Fennec Foxes in Monday's Group C curtain raiser, despite taking the lead against Africa's number-one ranked side.

And while Shakes Mashaba's men may have suffered defeat, French tactician Giresse has praised the side's forward approach, which Senegal will have to deal with when the sides lock horns in the second round of group fixtures this weekend.

"[South Africa] is a great team that has great offensive potential and has a great ability to play in small spaces," he told a press conference.

"In the spaces they can make individual raids," added Giresse, who also noted that Bafana "can develop on the sides [flanks] and end up in the centre of the goal."

Senegal remain unbeaten against South Africa, winning two of the previous five games, while the Teranga Lions defeated Ghana 2-1 in their group opener at the beginning of the week, with a goal from Moussa Sow in the last seconds downing the Black Stars.

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