Hlatshwayo: We matched Ghana

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Ghana’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Bafana Bafana on Thursday night was a result of poor defending by Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo.

In the video below, you’d notice that Hlatshwayo tracks back instead of confronting the goalscorer, Kudus Mohamed.

Even with the first goal, Thomas Partey was given acres of space to shoot and beat Ronwen Williams in goal for the visitors at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, where the two countries met in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

In the end, however, Hlatshwayo told the media that Bafana were a match for the Black Stars.

“We knew what Ghana was going to do to us and we were prepared for whatever they were going to give to us, and everything we planned – everything that we knew they were going to, they did it,” reflected Hlatshwayo.

Ghana in fact dominated possession the whole game and saw Richard Ofori, in goal for the hosts, barely tested by SA, who had just 3 shots and 1 on target.

Hlatshwayo insisted: “Like the coach (Molefi Ntseki) said we started slow as a team we couldn’t penetrate like we normally do. We can’t have an excuse in the field because as players we need to play in each and every condition. I felt like we managed to match them.

“In the second half, we felt like we could come back and equalise and the second goal really killed us and we started to chase the game and we saw that it was open.”

Bafana return home today to start preparations as they face Sudan on Sunday at Orlando Stadium.

By Amahle Siphungu

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