FT: SA 1-2 Zambia

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Bafana Bafana have come unstuck in spectacular fashion against Zambia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Leading 1-0 through a goal by Keagan Dolly, Molefi Ntseki’s boys let it slip against Chipolopolo who are guided by former Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic, Tiyani wa ka Mabasa reports.

Kelvin Kapumbu and Chaniza Zulu were on the scoresheet for the visitors in the second half. Dolly’s goal also came in the second stanza.

Bafana were expected to redeem themselves after a lacksture display against Namibia (1-1) during the week and with the regulars like Percy Tau taking to the field, the expectations were justified.

But after an embarrassing turnaround in the match, the focus also turned to head coach, Ntseki, whose jacket was covered to hide the images associated with SA national teams’ former technical sponsor, Nike.

It would appear that the new sponsors Le Coq Sportif didn’t provide Ntseki and his technical team with the new gear, which is a huge embarrassment for a national team.

It proved to be a big let down on and off the pitch, leading to many questions around the selection of Bafana and the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Some have questioned Ntseki’s decision to select a 31-year-old Gladwin Shitolo ahead of a younger, stronger midfielder, Phathutshedzo Nange, who enjoyed a stellar season in Bidvest Wits colours and at 27, still has a lot of football ahead of him.

Ntseki leaving out Bongani Zungu has also come under scrutiny. This was not a full strength Zambian team, missing star players such as Patson Daka and Clatous Chaka, just to mention a few.

If anything, there are more questions than answers about the Bafana team. It’s a team lacking in direction, but then again it’s a team under a football governing body, SA Football Association, that also needs to get its house in order.

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