On Friday morning South African national team coach Molefi Ntseki provided a road map towards Bafana Bafana’s next game against Zambia on Sunday afternoon.
South Africa drew 1-1 with neighbours Namibia in an international friendly played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Thursday.
Speaking to SAFA.net the coach explained some of the observations from the draw noting both the positive and negative elements of the match.
“Our first match of this difficult year (against Namibia) had some great tactical moments. I believe we had a good first half, with some good combination play that led to Luther Singh’s goal. There are moments where our final passes were not timed well in spite of good combinations,” he explained.
“I will admit that the fact that the players’ level of fitness hasn’t reached its peak played a role in our performance. At half-time, we realised that we needed to make a few changes and take advantage of the six substitutes law allowed during international friendlies.
“We had moments where the players lost concentration which led to Namibia almost equalising in the first half. The lapse of concentration which led to Namibia equalising is one of the areas we will focus on ahead of our next match this coming Sunday, 11 October 2020,” added Ntseki.
The Bafana mentor was satisfied with the performances of new editions, Thabo Nodada, Sinethemba Sithebe and Thibang Phete.
“We started the match with three debutants who did well under our instructions. There were moments where we had to remind them to keep the shape, and moments where we had to direct them, however, they did well and showed us some great moments.”
South Africa will now focus on Sunday’s game against ‘Chipolopolo’ at the same venue and the coach feels it’s time everyone puts the draw against Namibia behind them and move forward.
“As of today, our attention has moved to our next match against Zambia, where players who were rested will get a run. We rested four of our senior players to try and work on new combinations and we saw new ideas going forward.’
“We have a style of play that the players need to remember after so many months out of action and this will be re-emphasized during our morning video sessions,” he concluded.
The game against Zambia is scheduled for a 15:00 PM and it will be live on SABC 1.
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