Bafana needs scoring strikers - Booth

BY NATALI IVERSON - JANUARY 29, 2015

Former Bafana Bafana defender, Matthew Booth, has said that the South African team needs another striker who is in the same form as past strikers Benni McCarthy and Shaun Bartlett.

Bafana “crashed out” of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Tuesday after losing 2-1 to Ghana.

Booth said that Bafana did well in the qualifying stages of the AFCON but that the qualifiers and the actual tournament are two very different stages of the game.

“Leading up to the AFCON we were doing well, however playing in qualifiers and friendlies, and being in the tournament is a different ball game together,” he said.

“The quality of football is higher, and level is more intense. Perhaps that is where we were found wanting. Goal scoring has been troubling us for many years and this time it was no different, we definitely need another Benni McCarthy or Shaun Bartlett.”

Booth further commented on Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba’s coaching style, his team selection and how the games were played in the AFCON.

“When Shakes took over as the national coach our football was rock bottom, what he has achieved in a short space of time is nothing short of a miracle.”

“In terms of defence I was quite surprised to see defenders like Tefu Mashamaite and Buhle Mkhwanazi left out of from the final squad heading into the AFCON, especially if you consider the partnership of Tefu and Eric Mathoho.”

“The positives going forward are that we have more experienced players. A lot of these young players were playing in the AFCON for the first time so the experience will serve them well. I think Shakes has a team that he can build for Russia 2018,” Booth added.

 

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