Bafana's Lebogang Maboe explains improved performance against Namibia in COSAFA Cup
Posted: 7 June 2018 Time: 09:15
Bafana Bafana midfielder Lebogang Maboe has explained how he turned his performance against Namibia around, after fluffing chances in the defeat to Madagascar.
Maboe bagged a brace in Bafana's 4-1 thrashing of Namibia in their COSAFA Cup plate semifinal on Tuesday evening, and subsequently picked up the Man of the Match award.
This after a rather subdued showing in their opening game of the tournament - the quartefinal which they lost 4-3 on penalties to Madagascar on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Maritzburg United star, who bagged the Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player and Player of the Tournament gongs at the recently held PSL Awards, has since explained his individual response.
"I did not sleep the night after the game against Madagascar. It kept on playing on my mind that I missed such a great chance to win the game for us," Maboe explained to SAFA.
"So, I wasn't going to allow myself to experience the same feeling [after the Namibia game], and I just told myself once I got the ball that I had to be a bit more composed, which I was and I put it in the back of the net.
"If I had been much more composed in the game against Madagascar, I would have put the ball in the back of the net, but I wasn't. So, going into the Namibia game, I was much more composed."
On the overall display from the team, Maboe felt Bafana showed a resurgence after disappointing the fans as they put out a vastly improved performance.
"I think we had a good game, we really showed that we wanted it more than Nambia. We worked as a team, which helped us a lot, and as a group we just did well," he added.
"The nation was angry, so we had to come back positive and strong from the Madagascar game, which we did, hence we won the game."
South Africa will next met Botswana in the plate final at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday. Kick-off is scheduled for 17h00.
Saturday's final will be once again contested by champions Zimbabwe and Zambia.