Coach Shakes Mashaba almost guaranteed that Bafana Bafana would return home from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as the kings of the continent, however, having failed to progress pastt the group stage of the tournament, he was brought right back down to earth following his brave sentiments.
Today the Fan Park crew will take a look at three key factors which led to Bafana falling short in the tournament.
In Bafana’s opening fixture against Algeria, Shakes was forced to field two right-backs in central defence in the form of Anele Ngcongca and Thulani Hlatshwayo, after Rivaldo Coetzee suffered an early injury and Eric Mathoho was suspended for the tie. Against Senegal, Tyson was stretchered off after picking up an injury and was replaced by Ayanda Gcaba to see off the remainder of the game. The constant change in the back four brought about chaos in terms of organisation and marking.
That Miss… And Those Misses
Striker Tokelo Rantie’s penalty miss against Algeria was the talk of the town, as we had the perfect chance to take the tie completely away from the number one side in Africa. This was the theme for the rest of the tournament for Bafana, as we failed to convert easy goal scoring opportunities which ultimately led to us to surrendering valuable leads.
Lack Of Experience
Bafana went into the showpiece with only three players having previously played in an Africa Cup Of Nations tournament. Only Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Bernard Parker had CAF experience before and many football fans felt that more experienced players should have been selected.
What other factors do you think counted against us in the tournament?