Stuart Baxter has discussed Luther Singh’s penalty in yesterday’s defeat to Madagascar in the COSAFA Cup, saying that he will be having ‘a little word with him’ about it.
Baxter On That Singh Penalty
The 20-year-old came under fire from the South African public on social media after his lazy-looking penalty was saved by the Madagascan goalkeeper, sealing Bafana’s fate as they crashed out of the tournament at their first hurdle.
Singh, who was recently promoted into Braga’s senior team after signing a new contract in Portugal, came highly rated after a solid season in Portugal’s second division, but will now be forced to dust himself off ahead of Wednesday’s plate semi-final with Namibia.
Baxter refused to blame the youngster for his penalty miss, admitting that it’s the chances in the game that concerned him more. Speaking to the media after the game, the Bafana coach said, “It concerns me greatly when we don’t score goals fro chances, whether it’s penalties or goal chances in open play… I’ll speak to Luther about the way he took his penalty. We took some in training in preparation and he scored both of his penalties.
“I don’t think we can ask if Luther is the right one to be given the penalty. He had two chances in the game, maybe his confidence was a bit low, maybe he was nervous… He looked like he wanted to be casual, but in the beginning, Madisha takes a good one and he also looks casual. If the goalkeeper saves it then there’s no explanation.
“The chances that we missed concerns me more than the penalties we missed, but yeah, I’ll have a little word with him.”
Bafana face Namibia tomorrow for a place in the plate final.