Cape Town - Bafana Bafana's COSAFA Cup coach David
Notoane said Sunday's quarter-final defeat to Botswana on penalties came
about after a poor second half performance.
Bafana took control of the contest as Luther Singh and Grant Margeman hit the target.
However, the inexperienced side allowed the away outfit back into the
contest in the second stanza as the Zebras hit back through Lebogang
Ditsele and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe.
Speaking to SuperSport, Notoane said: "It was a game of two
halves. We expected the situation that came up. As I mentioned, the
situation of the match conditioning.
"Later in the game they overloaded the midfield and gave us problems,
pushing us further and further back. Our boys couldn't keep up with the
tempo. As I mentioned, they play a high-tempo game.
"But all in all, I think it's good experience for the boys, a good
lesson. Of course we are disappointed. I said to them we will only lose
from two situations, set plays and not taking our chances.
"Of course, the penalty is a lottery. But in terms of stretching and
pushing Botswana, we can say we are proud of the boys. They put
everything out there. Congratulations to Botswana. Of course, they came a
little bit more physically prepared than us."