One of Bafana Bafana’s heroes from their emphatic victory away in Ethiopia has given a snippet of coach Hugo Broos’ tactics on the day.
South Africa walloped Ethiopia 3-1 on Saturday in the first of their two World Cup qualifiers this month, with Mothobi Mvala one of the goalscorers.
The other two strikes came from Teboho Mokoena and Evidence Makgopa.
“They were giving us a hard time in the middle of the park and I think credit must go to Ronwen (Williams, the goalkeeper) for the saves in the first half. He kept us in the game,” Mvala told the media in his reaction of the win.
He revealed what he believed was an approach that worked from coach Hugo Broos.
“When we went into half-time, we changed things a little bit with the formation – putting Teboho and Brooks just in front of me and I stayed behind. I think it worked for us and we managed them very well and were able to then get goals. Our defending was very good as well as our set pieces. We knew that we had height advantage and we used it wisely,” the midfielder explained, and then further elaborating on his goal.
“In that moment, I was lucky. I don’t know what happened because in the first half, with the throw-ins, I was going near post and I then changed by mind and stayed behind. The goalkeeper came out, but then went back and at the time the ball was at my feet and I was alone to put it in the back of the net,” said Mvala.
Bafana now host Ethiopia at FNB Stadium tomorrow night hopeful of another victory to keep them top of the table in the group.
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