Bafana ‘lacked mental intelligence upfront’ against Congo - Mashaba
Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that his team was “lacking mental intelligence upfront” after they drew 0-0 to Congo in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier game on Wednesday night.
According to Soccer Laduma, Mashaba said that Bafana should have had the game in the first half; however, they missed many opportunities.
"We should have buried it in the first 20-25 minutes, our strikers were stronger than their defenders, but most importantly we lacked mental intelligence upfront,” Mashaba said.
"Most of the time our players are not good visitors to this weather, we had one or two chances to score there, it was a good game.”
The weather conditions had caused a start-stop game, preventing Mashaba’s plans for the match.
Congo however, had a well organized game, as they made sure that Bafana did not get comfortable with the ball.
Mashaba said that midfielder, Thulani Serero, struggledwith the physicality of the game, as Congo attacked from the left side, where defender, Sibusiso Khumalo and Serero teamed up.
Mashaba added that it was forward, Tokelo Rantie, who could have played a better game in certain situations.
“We don't blame people when they embark on a solo effort, but he (Rantie) overdid it, at some stages he'll run to the ball and he'll find himself in wrong positions and he was surrounded by four people but those are the things we got to work on,” added Mashaba.
Despite the draw to Congo, Mashaba believes the country remains on track for the 2015 AFCON qualification.
Bafana Bafana will be hosting Sudan for their 2015 AFCON game in November and will then face rivalries Nigeria soon after.
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