Bafana Bafana

Congo came with a plan - Shakes

2014-10-17 13:32
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Polokwane - Following their goalless stalemate against Congo, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba said their opponents came with a game plan of picking up a point as they defended in numbers throughout the game.

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“They came here with a game plan,” said Mashaba at the post-match press conference.

“Their game plan was to frustrate us and get a draw and they succeeded.

“You could see from the first whistle that they were here to defend.

“They only attacked with few players here and there and you could see that whenever Tokelo Rantie was in possession he was always surrounded by five players.

The former Black Leopards mentor also stressed that his attacking midfielder, Thulani Serero, had an off-day at the office, but he couldn't point fingers at the Ajax Amsterdam playmaker as he was always targeted.

“Thulani (Serero) was not in the game at all.

“His mind was not focused on the game, but I can’t blame him.

“He was always targeted by the Congolese defenders.

“Their aim was to kick him and you can’t focus under those situations.”

Despite the draw, Bafana maintained their top spot in Group A of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

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