Cape Town – Bafana Bafana
coach Shakes Mashaba admits that he warned his players about the danger Ahmed
Musa can cause.
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Bafana Bafana needed a stoppage-time strike from Bongani
Zungu to rescue a 1-1 draw against the Super Eagles, who had taken an
85th-minute lead through dangerman Musa during Sunday's friendly
international in Nelspruit.
The result means Bafana continue to wait for their first
official victory over the Nigerians, having only beaten them once in 11
meetings - a Nelson Mandela Challenge success in 2004 - although Mashaba was
still pleased with the performance of his charges.
The coach went on to reveal how his side had purposefully
put plenty of focus on Musa during the game, with Mashaba all too aware of the
"I said to the players before the game, 'there's this
Musa - number 7 - don't give him an area where he faces goals, because he will
punish us'," added the tactician.
"We had him in the first half and he was nowhere; we
had him for some time in the second half.
"When he started playing, he always comes in from the
flanks and he did it tonight, he's a very, very good curler of the ball.
"You could see when his foot hit the ball that it was
going to cause problems for the goalkeeper."