Bafana Bafana

Player ratings: The Bafana we know

2018-10-17 08:38
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Cape Town - A picture of players unwinding at one of the Seychelles' exotic beaches summed up the performance of Bafana Bafana.

As it happened: Seychelles v South Africa

Stuart Baxter's men were held by minnows Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in a 0-0 draw at the Linite Stadium on Tuesday after beating their amateur opponents 6-0 at home.

Bafana had just a few days ago put in an impressive display at the FNB Stadium to take a firm grip of Group E but then undid all of that by failing to secure a win in Victoria.

Bafana had a staggering 75% of possession at full-time but somehow couldn't break down a resolute Seychelles defence with the artificial surface making it extremely difficult to move the ball around quickly or start any meaningful attacks.

Here's how I rated Bafana Bafana in Victoria:

Itumeleng Khune: 6

Had little to do throughout but had a moment of madness rushing off his line which nearly proved costly and could have seen Bafana suffer a shock defeat.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 5

Seems to be suffering from a lack of confidence in a national team shirt and didn't provide enough quality with his crosses down the right flank to break down the opponents.

Sifiso Hlanti: 4.5

The left-back is extremely erratic with many of his crosses being over-hit or simply not finding its target. Hlanti also hangs onto the ball too long with his individualism slowing down attacks.

Buhle Mkhwanazi: 5.5

Picked up a yellow card for a late lunge to stop a Seychelles counter-attack but didn't have much more to do.

Thulani Hlatshwayo: 6

Similarly the centre-back partnership wasn't troubled by the blunt Seychelles attack but did have a few nervy moments as the game wore on.

Dean Furman: 5

The poor playing surface at the Linite Stadium exposed players who are not the most gifted technically such as Furman, and combined with the Hlanti-Furman axis slowed many attacks down as Bafana tried to move their opponents out of position.

Lebohang Maboe: 4.5

The midfielder proved largely ineffective as an attacking outlet and lost possession on too many occasions.

Kamohelo Mokotjo: 5.5

Was slightly the better of the three in what was largely a midfield lacking creativity and enough quality in the final third to supply the attackers.

Percy Tau: 6

Tried to inspire the team late on in the game with a bit of individual magic but proved largely ineffective as again the playing surface made it hard to build any combination play to stretch the defence.

Lebo Mothiba: 5

Missed a sitter from practically underneath the crossbar but still somehow managed to hit the crossbar, but the powerful forward was a constant threat for defenders.

Dino Ndlovu: 6.5

Should have grabbed a handful of assists had his striking partners done better to finish the many chances he created and also proved industrious off the ball - but ultimately failed to find a way to break the deadlock.

Substitutes

Aubrey Modiba: 3

Provided nothing after being brought on and missed two absolute sitters late on in the game - one with his weaker foot when through on goal and then a free header that he failed to direct at goal. Modiba started singing from his own hymn-sheet to a different song to his team-mates which further broke down any attacking threat as Bafana went in search of a vital goal. He proceeded to give away possession on numerous occasions that released the pressure off of the Seychelles defence.

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