'We had to shake the boys a little'


Bafana Bafana coach David Notoane praised his side's reaction in the second half after their penalty shootout victory over Uganda in the COSAFA Cup plate semifinal.

It was a game of two halves, with Uganda dominating the first and Bafana the second. The replacements made a big impact in the second half, particularly Jemondre Dickens, who set up Luther Singh for the equaliser.

Bafana goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto was the hero on the night, saving Uganda's opening two penalties to secure the 4-2 win on penalties after it ended 1-1 in regular time.

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And Notoane was full of praise for his side's improved performance in the second period.

"It was a difficult game," Notoane told SuperSport TV.

"Not the best of spectacles in terms of how we want to play football.

"We were a little bit shaky in the build-up, not sure of our passes. In the beginning you saw the nerves.

"So at half-time we had to shake the boys a little bit mentally and we had to come out in the second half and show that we wanted to buy ourselves a second game.

"I give the boys a thumbs-up for a good reaction in the second half.

"I think Jemondre Dickens coming on gave us a little bit of an outlet to put pressure on them and allowed Luther Singh a little bit of a free role to pick up the second ball and make the play from there.

"On the balance of the result we are happy. We learnt our lessons from the penalty shootout in the last game and we are looking forward to Friday."