Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has admitted in a press release from the South African Football Association that the missed penalty opportunity in their African Cup of Nations opener against Algeria resulted in their subsequent downfall which saw the Desert Foxes turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 victory.
“After we missed that penalty everything went downhill. But I think we played very well. Algeria was lucky to come back, and we had already lost focus when they clawed their way back. We still have two games to go, the boys did well but it is unfortunate that you are judged on the results,” said Mashaba in the SAFA media statement.
The Bafana mentor also urged his charges not to despair and continue fighting in the two remaining group games.
“We gave the game away, the best team lost after we creating so many scoring opportunities in the first half. We allowed them back into the match and we got punished. Lift your heads up because it is not over yet there are six points to play for. We have a mountain to climb but we are still confident that we will do well in our next match,” said coach Mashaba to his players.
Returning to the side in their next match against Senegal will be Eric Mathoho and Reneilwe Letsholonyane who were out on suspension.
Algeria has three points at the top of Group C, level on points with second-placed Senegal who defeated Ghana 2-1 in an earlier match. South Africa is bottom of the table just behind Ghana both have no points.