The manner in which Bafana Bafana achieved their 4-2 victory against lowly ranked Sao Tome and Principe in the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday left a lot to be desired.
However, Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki said there were a lot of positives that came out of the back-to-back Sao Tome encounters.
The 6-2 victory on aggregate against the islanders ensured that Bafana remained second in Group C with nine points, tied with leaders Ghana who’ll face Sudan in the second leg on Tuesday afternoon.
Ntseki may not be happy with the two goals conceded against Sao Tome but his reaction after the contest resembled that of a coach who was pleased with his team’s efforts.
“We had our backs against the wall at 2-2, but we kept the faith and the goals came, we have six points,” said Ntseki as Bafana had to come from a goal down to win the tie.
Bafana remain in a more favourable position to qualify for the finals in Cameroon as they need just a single point from their two remaining qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.
“We are fully aware of the mistakes we made in conceding goals. In March next year (Bafana’s final two qualifiers), we will work at it. Eight of the players we selected had to be withdrawn (from the squad) and we had to make do,” said Ntseki.
“I think we did very well under the circumstances. Congratulations to the boys, they have managed to get nine points (from four games in Group C), and we have an opportunity to go and play in the Afcon).”
The Bafana mentor also strongly believes that his charges are starting to build an identity they can call their own. “Players come from different clubs with different philosophies on style of play,” he said.
“But after these two matches, I am happy to say we have an identity. We played good football.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi