Mkhalele takes positives from Brazil loss
Posted: 31 August 2017 Time: 18:29
South Africa Under-20 coach Helman Mkhalele insists he was able to take plenty of positives from Wednesday’s game against Brazil, despite crashing to a 4-0 defeat.
Amajita looked out of their depths against the Brazilians at Saint George's Park in England this week, and while the result was a comprehensive one, Mkhalele preferred to focus on the ups.
"It was a good game and we knew it was going to be difficult mainly because our boys were playing together for the first time, so they will obviously take time to gel," he said on Safa’s official website.
"But they fought very hard, and we had a good tactical plan, which worked for us in the first half. As the game went on the energy levels dropped.
"What also had a huge negative impact was that we made four changes at the same time and the players coming in could not adapt to the intensity of the game. This also affected our tactical plan, which the Brazilians capitalised on it.
"All in all, it was a good effort from the boys as they showed character even though the results were not in our favour."
He added: "Our players are highly talented individually but don’t have the match intelligence and that was the defining factor.
"Our boys took more time to think on the ball and that slowed the flow of play, but with the Brazilian, the speed of thought was at a high level and their decision-making was quick – which made a huge difference. Their one-touch football was very purposeful."