Shabba: It went horribly wrong

2011-09-06 13:33

Johannesburg - Stand-in captain Siphiwe Tshabalala didn't mince his words following South Africa's 2-1 loss to Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the weekend.

The defeat leaves Bafana Bafana at risk of missing out on next year's continental showpiece in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

"Our objective was to get maximum points and to not concede, and it all went horribly wrong," Tshabalala said in the Cape Times.

Bafana conceded two soft goals on either side of the break in Niamey, with Bernard Parker (poor marking) and Tsepo Masilela (missed clearance) at fault, before Andile Jali pulled one back with his first ever international effort.

Nevertheless, 'Shabba', who skippered the team in Steven Pienaar's injury-enforced absence, aims to stay positive.

"But there is still one game to go and all is not lost," he added.

Bafana must now beat Sierra Leone at home next month and hope Egypt, who fielded an experimental side in their loss to the Leone Stars, at least draw with visiting Niger in the final round of fixtures.


  • pietskiet - 2011-09-06 13:56

    Why arent there any whites in the team?

      remnant - 2011-09-06 14:20

      Coz one is injured,one has been dropped from the Team and one wasn't called as he plays overseas.

      spiderkzn - 2011-09-06 14:31

      Somma was injury in oversea. stop making race issue.

      Michael - 2011-09-06 14:49

      Simple answer... because they are not interested in soccer. Remember there never existed laws that prevented whites from playing soccer!!!

      malepfana - 2011-09-06 16:57

      because is not Rugby or Cricket.

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-09-06 14:05

    It indeed went horribly wrong at the wrong wrong time..just 1 defeat and they might be facing the risk of not featuring in next year's showpiece. They've got a mountain to climb as it is not in their hands now.

      Cuba12 - 2011-09-06 14:19

      Agreed mate, if we had won we could of popped the champagne and celebrated our entrance into next year's game. Sadly, now we have to stress and pray that everything works out in our favour in order for us to make.

  • - 2011-09-06 14:18

    @ Pieskiet, there aren't any with enough skill to make it to the national team. That's why Biscuit! unless you have names you can put forward?

      pietskiet - 2011-09-06 15:37

      But since when is skill important? Surely the bulk of appointments in SA are made on skin colour as opposed to skill???

  • Bosj - 2011-09-06 14:32

    I don,t understand why we must "hope that Egypt beat Niger". As far as I know, number 1 and 2 qualify. Am I missing something?

      KingKenny7 - 2011-09-06 15:21

      ya wats going on? Victory should see us through shouldnt it? only if we draw does Niger need a loss/draw? dunno

      Durban Dave - 2011-09-06 15:53

      cos only the top team goes thru and the best 2 second teams

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-09-06 22:32

      yes u miss the point...only number 1 qualifies..and the best 2 runners up taken from all the groups..and as it stands Bafana is number 6 on that one

  • farmworker - 2011-09-06 15:27

    At least Shabba can take it like a man. Yes it went horribly wrong

  • Tshifularo - 2011-09-06 15:32

    Excuses, excuses..... Things cannot be worse for us. Mentality, mentality Bafana. Maybe we need to send them to the army barracks like the Ivory Coast did the other year to toughen them up.

  • Nox - 2011-09-06 17:30

    Eish Basadi Basadi;Mosimane has to be fired the coach is worthless.I listened to the comments he made after the loss;he said he was missing seven player then the question isn't tht suppose to be the S.A squad meaning they are the best in the country.we Africans we lov settling fir less

  • dan.ntsala1 - 2011-09-06 20:40

    The next game with Siera Leone its a do or die. Go Bafana Go. you can do it!

      Graham.Charles - 2011-09-06 22:03

      It is spelt Sierra Leone, and don't under estimate us, we are ready to knock you off your perch Bafana Bafana. Graham, Njakundoma, Sierra Leone.

  • bongi - 2011-09-19 14:38


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