South Africa went down to Elias Maguri’s 18th-minute strike at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday to bow out at the first hurdle, having come in at the last-eight stage as host nation and defending champions.
And while there has been plenty of disappointment about the result, Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana defender Gordinho insists it was merely a speedbump on the road to improvement.
“It’s very disappointing because we wanted to proceed in the competition and go all the way to the final. The guys are very disappointed because we gave our all and tried to give a very good impression to the coach and also win our game, but unfortunately it was not like that, so we have to bounce back because we still have another game on Tuesday,” Gordinho said via an official SAFA statement.
The Amakhosi defender was one of only three players who were not making their debut in the national team on the day, the others being Judas Moseamedi [Cape Town City] and Cole Alexander [SuperSport United].
“It is good for us to get this experience and for the younger players to also experience some international games where there is competition because that’s where you will see growth,” added Gordinho, who now has two caps to his name.
“If we had won, it would have been a better experience for them. So we have to learn from this and move on. What remains now is that everyone has to do their best against Botswana and it is important that we do what the coach wants and I am positive we will get a win,” added Gordinho.
“There’s a saying that goes ‘tomorrow is a new day’, so I am hoping we will get another opportunity against Botswana to rectify the wrongs and get a good result. We have to keep on moving, we can’t dwell on this result, and we have just to look ahead. I am looking at finishing the camp on a high.”
Bafana Bafana will face Botswana on Tuesday, 4 July Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.