Bafana Bafana

Notoane proud of players despite crashing out of COSAFA Cup

2019-06-03 08:32
David Notoane
David Notoane (Gallo Images)

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."

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