Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has described the ongoing trend of scoring first and conceding goals afterwards, by the South African national teams, as a problem for the country’s football.
During the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year, Bafana scored first in all of their three games of Group C, although they did not win any of them against Algeria, Senegal and Ghana respectively.
Mashaba’s side was eliminated from the first round of the competition, after finishing at the bottom of the group with one point.
“To make an example, whenever we play games we fall asleep at times. Even for our U20s and U17s it happens. At one stage our U17s were 2-0 up against Ivory Coast… the game ended 2-2. This is becoming a serious problem!
"Yes, we have addressed the problem of scoring early goals, yet the problem of consolidating comes out now. We cannot do that! We must play until the dying minutes of the game.
"Those are the lessons we are learning. It makes us ask, “How are we dealing with this?” These are the questions we are asking,” said Mashaba in his interview with Soccer Laduma.
Mashaba says there is a need to work on the mental strength and resilience of the players going forward.
“Our biggest worries were towards the end of the match and that’s where we lost. As I said, I call it a lack of mental strength and resilience. We need to sit down and discuss how to sort this out going forward,” explained Mashaba.