Gordon Igesund says Bafana Bafana will not hold back against Angola in today's Africa Cup of Nations match
Posted: 23 January 2013 Time: 06:59
Gordon Igesund insists Bafana Bafana will show no signs of nerves and will not hold back against Angola tonight in their Africa Cup of Nations match.
Both teams head into the match knowing that anything other than a win could spell elimination from the tournament. South Africa were held in Group A's opening game by Cape Verde, while the Palancas Negras also battled to a goalless draw with Morocco.
Three points are essential, and as such, Igesund plans to make changes and play with a more positive approach.
"We will see a different type of game against Angola. We will be keeping the ball better, and not just rushing to release it. There will be more possession from us and we will be more patient," Igesund says.
While the coach is aware that Bafana's opponents are a dangerous side, especially in attack, he plans to give his charges license to "go for it" at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
"Angola are a very useful team. Especially up front and with the three behind the forward, they can be hard to deal with. They are a very quick team and we need to mark them closely," he says.
"But while we will give them respect, we will be very offensive. I told the guys, ‘don't be scared to lose games. Because if you are worried about not losing, then you are not thinking of winning'. So we are going to go for it, and with the support of the crowd, I am confident we can get the result we need."
By Melissa Reddy in Durban