Coetzee injury had an effect - Mashaba

BY NATALI IVERSON - JANUARY 20, 2015

Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, believes the injury that caused defender, Rivaldo Coetzee, to be carried off the field in the 28th minute, affected the South African team’s performance in their first Group C African Cup of Nations (AFCON) loss against Algeria.

Bafana went down 3-1 at the Estadio de Mongomo stadium in Equatorial Guinea last night.

The Desert Warriors dominated the ball in the first half of the match, but a rejuvenated South African side scored the opening goal during the second half.

In the 66th minute, Algeria equalised after an own goal by Bafana defender, Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Faouzi Ghoulam scored the second goal in the 71st minute, with Islam Slimani sealing the deal for the Desert Warriors by scoring the third a short while later.

Speaking during a post-match conference, Mashaba said that the long balls had an effect on the team, as Coetzee was not on the field alongside Hlatshwayo.

"By losing him, yes, it cost us a lot, if you look at it after him going out, we were always allowing them to come one-on-one, and we never had a sweeper,” Mashaba said.

He also added that lots still needed to be done before the next matches against Senegal and Ghana.

"We need to motivate the guys, talk to them, bring them back to their feet.”

"You look at the time we lost the game, at crucial times, and the kind of goals we conceded, not at this level, the first goal was an own goal, the goalkeeper and his defence lacked the communication, the second goal as well, we allowed them stretch us and then they came through in the middle and they scored and I think those are the things we able to repair in the next game, it's that is has made work more difficult because the next two games that are coming are must wins."

 

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