The opening 20 minutes are still an achilles heel for Bafana Bafana. But their recovery to claw their way back into the game remains their biggest strength ahead of this weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea.
Yesterday, South Africa broke the deadlock through defender Thulani Hlatshwayo in their friendly match against Mali in Gabon after they had absorbed all the pressure up to the 40th minute.
Sibusiso Vilakazi and Dean Furman added two more goals late in the second half to make it look easy against one of African football’s giants.
The Eagles, who dumped them out of the quarterfinals of the 2013 Afcon in South Africa, had bullied Bafana before the goal. While they had to deal with numerous attacks as well as adjust to the baking sun, coach Shakes Mashaba’s men were never really too exposed to concede.
– Mazola Molefe
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