There was an air of arrogance following the Nelson Mandela Stadium challenge. That was evident throughout the team. Most of the players were comfortable and confident all over the pitch. A new voice and a fresh start were long overdue.
The emergence of Mshishi (Themba Zwane) was something that local fans had long-awaited. A player with ample experience on the African continent and someone who represents South African football, Zwane showed his quality when he came on for Keagan Dolly. He brought that KaboYellow form to the national team. The towering (Eric) Mathoho was a much-needed presence in defence. Adding physicality and height to compete with our bigger African brothers.
Lastly, the steel that kept us together, Dean Furman, put out fires like the "fireman" he was. His performance cannot be overlooked, especially given the fact that he is often the scapegoat when results don't go our way. Overall, things are looking positive, and what makes it sweeter is the faith that was put into a local coach. The advantage of him being in the system, and knowing the local game, will make adapting to the Head Coach role smoother.
Maybe this concession plan has been a blessing in disguise. However, tougher tests await the new head coach. This result will give us a better idea of our national team's character. Will the new coach be successful, only time will tell?
This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader.