Cape Town - South Africa captain Dean Furman says that Bafana Bafana were unlucky to lose to Algeria and that their next game is vital.
As it happened: Bafana Bafana v Algeria
Africa lost 3-1 to Algeria after going one nil ahead in their opening
Africa Nations Cup game. They play Senegal next (Friday, January 23) and then Ghana (Tuesday, January 27).
Speaking in a post-match interview, Furman said: "When
they (Algeria) changed to a 4-4-2 (system) and went a bit more direct
with the two strikers up top, it did change the game. But overall we
competed well and some of the football we played was outstanding.
"We were unlucky, as our coach said, not to get a result today.
"We won the penalty and TK (Tokelo Rantie) picked up ball ... he is the
striker and he went for the corner, but hit the crossbar. When the next
penalty comes along - he is a confident player - and I'm sure he will
put his hand up and take it.
"I maintain that we played very well. We wanted to get off to maximum
points in the opener, so now the next game is vital for us. We have to
lift our heads and play for the win because that is what we need now."