Five lessons from Bafana defeat to Cape Verde in 2018 World Cup qualifiers
Posted: 6 September 2017 Time: 11:30
After the defeat to Cape Verde at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday night, KickOff.com looks at five things we learnt.
Bafana like doing things the hard way
Bafana Bafana don’t like taking the easy route. Now they have all South Africans taking out their calculators to see how many points we need to qualify, which is something the nation has become used to. At this stage, it looks like the players will be watching the World Cup from their couches again.
Stuart Baxter got it wrong
Baxter brought Andile Jali on too late in the game, when in fact the Belgium-based player should have started the game. Dean Furman offered very little in Bafana’s defeat to the Blue Sharks last Friday and should not have played the entire 180 minutes. Jali scored Bafana’s only goal and looked lively when he was on the pitch. Baxter also waited too long to bring on Percy Tau.
No one wants to take Khune’s jersey
It’s strange that when Itumeleng Khune is not around, no one wants to claim that number one jersey. Ronwen Williams, Wayne Sandilands and Darren Keet have all been given a chance, but they have not always been convincing. It was the case again on Tuesday with Sandilands not having a good game. Williams also had a shaky performance in Praia on Friday.
Cape Verde deserved to win
Cape Verde showed that they are no pushovers and that they cannot be underestimated. They penetrated at the right moments and used their pace to unsettle the Bafana defense. They took the opportunities they created.
Moses Mabhida is not a happy hunting ground
Safa like taking games to Durban, but Bafana have not enjoyed great success there and Tuesday night proved that yet again. In the last five competitive games at Moses Mabhida, including Tuesday’s defeat, Bafana have only won twice, against Angola and Sudan. They played to goalless draws against Cameroon and Gambia.