Bafana lacking up front - Tovey

2013-01-09 22:18

Johannesburg - Former national soccer captain Neil Tovey says Bafana Bafana need to show more movement up front if they are to break down opposition defences.

South Africa dominated their friendly international game against Norway at the Cape Town Stadium, but failed to make use of their superiority and ended up losing the match 1-0.

Tovey, who captained South Africa to victory in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, saw some promising signs in Bafana's play, but also noticed some areas where improvement is needed.

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"There were positive signs but there were also disturbing signs which I am, sure Gordon Igesund is very aware of.

"But we did create opportunities which is good. I just thought the decision making in the final third was very poor," said the former Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu player.

Tovey wants to see players taking the initiative up front rather than waiting for the ball to arrive at their feet. He pointed out that static attackers make for much easier defending.

"We didn't have enough players making enough effort to get in to the near post area where a lot of balls were crossed by Thuso Phala but were cleared by their defenders.

"You have to get in front of defenders and move them around."

Tuesday night's line-up saw Katlego Mphela starting up front as a lone striker, with Lerato Chabangu employed as a support striker from midfield.

But both players often found themselves too far from goal to cause any problems to the opposition defence. Tovey feels that more numbers are needed in the final third of the field.

"You can't have one striker in the box, you have to have players attacking that near post and that will make the decision for the defenders a bit more awkward.

"I think we have got to start playing with two strikers. You need someone around Killer (Mphela) to play off him - to pick up the pieces off him.

"Ultimately we need more support because when Katlego is dropping deeper he is not going to score goals."

South Africa play Algeria in a friendly game at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, with their first match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for January 19 against Cape Verde at the National Stadium.


  • justin.roper.3705 - 2013-01-09 22:30

    Sad to say it but I don't see us winning this, like tovey said lacking up front, our players don't score goals like the english or the spanish leagues, but let's hope they prove me wrong got for gold boys fully behind you win or loose.

      hamish.drake1 - 2013-01-10 08:57

      Tovey is talking rubbish. There was plenty of movement and we had a lot of chances. At least 3 of those chances were simple shots or tap ins. We don't have an inform striker, an instinctive goal poacher. That is the problem.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-10 09:17

      actually they are lacking in all departments...except the technical team

  • koos.tonteldoos.1 - 2013-01-09 22:40

    Lacking in the front... the back... the middle and the sides, other than that their great!

  • Spha - 2013-01-10 03:31

    they must try ""vernon philander"",myt help

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-01-10 05:37

    they lacking whites in the team, so that the minority can carry the majority, so that the majority can take all the credit!

      sbu.ngwane.58 - 2013-01-10 06:15

      My goodness you race guys are boring

      profLebza - 2013-01-10 08:10

      Dude, really now? There's no race in football.

      wandile.ncobela.9 - 2013-01-10 08:38

      theunis, this is a racist comments, whites are not there bcos they are few in SA football, we have called the few which ply their trade abroad, but couldn't make it due to injuries. Please stop saying such comments, they are not helping either.

      middle.finga.5 - 2013-01-11 18:21

      Theuns,Voetsek you don't belong in this country dude,go n hang your self *dickhead*

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-01-10 06:32

    Lacking up front? Really? Is that all!!!!! They an embarrassment to our great sporting nation!!!

  • dirkjohannes - 2013-01-10 07:22

    They are lacking that winning culture that our cricket guys are enjoying. Can't see them getting anywhere in the AFCON cup.

      profLebza - 2013-01-10 08:11

      Can u please take your negative attitude and shove it?

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2013-01-10 08:11

    Last week u said its de best team ever. Now ur criticize?? FAILOURS!

      samuel.masege.7 - 2013-01-10 08:28

      if u loose is bad but if u win is good,lets rally behind Bafana until last whistle.

  • profLebza - 2013-01-10 08:15

    I'm not gonna lie and say our squad is perfect but negative attitude from us is not gonna help either. Let's unite behind our country and keep all the negative comments to ourselves

      samuel.masege.7 - 2013-01-10 08:37

      let dem kip dos negetive thoughts 4 demselves,we shld support our squat

  • marinus.cloete - 2013-01-10 08:29

    Didn't we all know this already??!

  • samuel.masege.7 - 2013-01-10 08:58

    Let them shoot from out of 18 area,dont want to see yourself in a 16 area then u shoot no!!

  • malefo.timothy - 2013-01-10 12:10

    Mokoko has spoken, play 2 strikers coach, lone striker strategy is not working, we need forceful, ferocious and deadly in front of goal like Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid and Colombian national team

  • byron.jay.37 - 2013-01-10 12:47

    Benni is nogi kla nie...

  • nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-11 03:52

    Bafana is good n will remain good, bt blue eye gordon Norwegian desent is tjatjarag cos we only need goals. This new way of playin with a hitman is nt bearn any fruits, only 2 strikers can giv us options in attack

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