'Our Boys Couldn't Keep Up With The Tempo'
Bafana Bafana stand-in coach David Notoane admitted his side could not keep up with Botswana's high-tempo game in the second-half after crashing out of the COSAFA Cup.
Bafana started well, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half an hour through goals from Luther Singh and Grant Margeman. However, the young side faded in the second half, sitting back far too much and allowing the Zebras on to them.
Their set-piece defending left much to be desired as they conceded two goals from corners; one from Highlands Park midfielder Lebogang Ditsele and the other from Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, who scored in the final minute to send the match to a penalty shootout, which Botswana ultimately won 5-4.
"It was a game of two halves. We expected the situation that came up. As I mentioned, the situation of the match conditioning. Later in the game they overloaded the midfield and gave us problems, pushing us further and further back. Our boys couldn't keep up with the tempo. As I mentioned, they play a high-tempo game," Notoane told Supersport after the game..
"But all in all, I think it's good experience for the boys, a good lesson. Of course we are disappointed. I said to them we will only lose from two situations; set plays and not taking our chances.
"Of course, the penalty is a lottery. But in terms of stretching and pushing Botswana, we can say we are proud of the boys. They put everything out there. Congratulations to Botswana. Of course, they came a little bit more physically prepared than us," added Notoane.