Stuart Baxter felt Bafana Bafana's ball retention was weak
Posted: 8 September 2018 Time: 17:23
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter claimed his side were not true to themselves in the second half against Libya.
The South Africans secured a point in Durban after playing to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought it was a very good game of football. It was a good advert for African football. But we weren’t really true to ourselves in the second half.
“We changed it because we had three central midfielders in the first half. Neither of them were really getting up alongside Percy (Tau). So even though we penetrated down the flanks, we didn’t have enough bodies in the box,” Baxter told SuperSport TV.
Baxter decided to change the approach at halftime with the introduction of Bradley Grobler for a rather ineffective Vincent Pule and put Sibusiso Vilakazi in a more advanced role with Tau on the flanks.
“So, in the second half I decided to bring Bradley on to attack the crosses better and put Vila in the 10 and Percy on the flank," he added.
“I thought we were a bit weak in terms of securing the ball. Once we had won the ball, very often we turned the ball back to them because they were a bit stronger, so a bit disappointing with that.
“But I thought the players worked very hard and I don’t think we can complain about that."