Motale applauds Bafana performance with a tinge of caution 

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Edward ‘Magents’ Motale has applauded Bafana Bafana following their positive start in the CAF 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, adding that the new-look senior men’s team have the potential to qualify for the main event.

The Bafana Bafana legend, however, also warned that these new group of players should guard against being pompous following two positive World Cup qualifier results; if they are to keep their form and place on the group standings.

Following their 1-0 win against Ghana this past Monday at FNB Stadium, Bafana Bafana are now top of Group G with four points after two matches played. They played to a 0-0 draw in an away fixture against Zimbabwe.

“I am happy with how the boys played in both matches,” Motale said. “We played to a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe away from home which I believe was fair, however, I truly believe that we should have buried Ghana by a bigger scoreline. There were about four clear chances which I believe we should have put away, however, this new crop of players will get to improve on those mistakes as they continue to play together.

“Credit must also go to coach Helman Mkhalele, who’s been working tirelessly with the team from the time he came in the friendly match against Uganda and also assembling a COSAFA tournament winning squad,” Motale added.

“He has done extremely well in his new role and the challenge now is to make sure that he and coach Hugo Broos get these boys to next year’s FIFA World Cup and compete there. I believe they have the potential to do just that.”

Meanwhile, Motale, who was part of the Bafana squad which won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosted here in South Africa, warned that South Africa’s should guard against over praising players after one good performance, as such praise turns to rush in their heads.

“I have scored over ten goals in my playing career and I believe that the likes of Evidence Makgopa and Bongokuhle Hlongwane still need a lot of work to do before we overshower them with praise,” Motale said.
“The bigger goal is to qualify for the World Cup and not just to go there to add numbers. It is therefore imperative to make this new group of players aware of such things and continue to encourage nothing but high quality performances, week-in and week-out, in their respective clubs. That is the only way we can get great results from our senior national teams.
“It’s high time we competed with the best of the best in the world and not just go to major events just to add numbers,” Motale added.
By Mohau Ramashidja