Soccer

Mashaba: It was a tough game

2013-12-05 15:09
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - National Under-20 head coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba said it was not a walk in the park despite his charges handing the Seychelles a humiliating defeat on Wednesday.

Amajita walloped Seychelles 4-0 in their opening Group C clash of the 2013 COSAFA 10-day tournament at the Mafeteng Stadium in Lesotho.

Siyanda Ngubo scored a brace, while Nhlakanipho Ntuli and skipper Ayabulela Magqwaka also got on the score-sheet.

Despite winning comfortably, Mashaba revealed his dissatisfaction with Amajita’s performance.

“The first game of any competition is always tough, but it is good that we got a result, convincingly as well," Mashaba said.

"Our boys played well, but they showed some signs of being not so dynamic at times.

"Seychelles came with a plan to park the bus at the back and when we moved the ball it took all 10 of them to defend.

"But we have skilful players to break such walls. It was not a walkover, for that we would have scored eight or nine goals.” 

Amajita’s next game will be against the defending champions, Zambia, at the Maseru National Stadium on Saturday, which is expected to be the pool decider.

Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00 (South African time).

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