Senegal game Bafana’s chance of redemption

AT SCHOOL: Bafana Bafana's Sibusiso Vilakazi has learnt valuable lessons at Afcon  Picture: GALLO IMAGES -
AT SCHOOL: Bafana Bafana’s Sibusiso Vilakazi has learnt valuable lessons at Afcon Picture: GALLO IMAGES –

Technical team working hard on the basics, as defeat means leaving the tournament.

Senegal, a team with impressive credentials and a force as lethal as the lions they are named for, stand between Bafana Bafana and glory tonight.

The clash against the Lions of Teranga, who conceded just a single goal in six qualifying matches for this Africa Cup of Nations tournament, offers South Africa a chance to redeem their slightly tainted image back home following Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Algeria in their Group C opener.

Aware that Bafana need a win at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea tonight to avoid packing their bags early, young assistant coach Thabo Senong said the technical team, led by head coach Shakes Mashaba, had spent much of their time this week addressing elementary mistakes that pretty much handed the victory to Algeria.

Striker Tokelo Rantie’s squandered penalty naturally came up.

“We had a lot of anxiety after we missed the penalty,” Senong said.

The reaction from South Africans was an emotional one, especially given how Bafana had qualified for Afcon – unbeaten in six matches and playing a part in defending champions Nigeria not being at this year’s tournament.

-Mazola Molefe

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