For Bafana Bafana to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations coach Molefi Ntseki will have to ensure that the team improves on certain aspects.
Bafana beat Sudan 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Sunday and their qualifying campaign will resume with a home clash against Sao Tome in August 2020.
Ntseki and his boys would be aware they could have done better at home, so what was missing?
FARPost Editor Tiyani wa ka Mabasa observed some things during the match that could have made Bafana’s play effective.
Decision-making in the final third…
Bafana’s play upfront was characterised by poor combinations, with the strikers failing to find each other. The reason could be that they rushed play and left Sudan to just block the spaces. Ntseki would have to ensure that Bafana strikers link up well to be able to score the goals and bury their opponents, especially on home soil. Bafana were also caught offside six times, which isn’t good. The strikers such as Lebogang Mothiba also appeared too anxious in front of goal, which led to some glaring missed opportunities.
Use set pieces well…
Bafana had six corners and a few free kicks, but weren’t really threatening to the visitors. In difficult matches, especially where the opponent is ‘parking the bus’, set pieces are crucial and Bafana have shown even in the past that perhaps their set piece play needs a big improvement. For some teams, free kicks just outside the box are like a penalty and they put it away, but Bafana have to improve on this.
Don’t allow opponents too much freedom on the ball…
There were times in the second half that Sudan – chasing the game, threatened to score. In midfield, Bafana sometimes would allow Sudan to dictate terms and move the ball to the side and as much as Sudan’s few shots were wide off the target, the thing is they were allowed the spaces to get into those spaces to attempt a shot at goal. A goal for Sudan in the second half to equalise would have seen Bafana lose the maximum points.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
at Orlando Stadium