Last night, National soccer team, Bafana Bafana lost 3-1 to Africa's top ranked side Algeria in their opening match of the African Cup of Nations despite dominating for the better part of the match.
After Thuso Phala scored the first goal in the game, South Africa looked set to dominate the highly rated Algerian side, but a number of costly errors left Bafana Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba with his first defeat in his second stint as national coach.
Photo: Bafana Bafana Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba. EWN.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala on 702, Mashaba explained what went wrong saying:
No matter what good football you play, you will be judged by the results ... I think the turning point to our downfall was missing that penalty. You know had we scored that penalty the confidence would have been boomed upwards, because that team wouldn't have come back. And the of course the second biggest problem to hits us was losing one of our central defenders, Rivaldo. Those two things cost us a lot ... losing Rivaldo in the central defense as well as missing that penalty.— Bafana Bafana Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba
Catch Xolani's entire conversation with a fairly upbeat Shakes Mashaba:
The national team's next game in the tournament is Friday, 23 January 2015, in a do or die encounter against a formidable Senegal side.