The Bafana coach said he cannot be disappointed with his players, because they lost against the better team on the night
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said he wasn’t too disappointed with his team’s overall performance against African champions Nigeria in the Mandela Challenge in Durban.
The Super Eagles were crowned champions following their 2-0 win over Bafana on Wednesday, and Igesund admitted his team lost possession cheaply in the second half.
“I think it was an excellent game. I thought the first half was quite evenly matched situation. I think they became much better in the last third. They used the ball well. I think we gave the ball away quite cheaply in the second half,” said Igesund.
However, Igesund added that Nigeria were better than Bafana on the night and therefore deserved to win the game.
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“I am so happy, because of the fact that we played against a very good team tonight and a very good test for us going forward. I think Nigeria deserved their victory tonight. They were better than us,” added Igesund.
On the other hand, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi believes Bafana were not too bad on the night, but he revealed that his players were fired up in the second half, hence they scored those two goals.
“Bafana Bafana is a good side. There is a lot of potential in the team, but we came out whatever the result is to make our nation proud and I am proud of the kids. Mostly in the second half we came out and gave everything,” said Keshi after the match.
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Keshi added that it was part of his tactical game to bench star player Victor Moses and introduce him in the second half, as he knew that he will be tightly marked if he started the game.
The Nigerian mentor was also impressed with the new players in his squad, and he believes that they have a bright future ahead of themselves.
“I knew they will be waiting for [Victor] Moses and [Ahmed] Musa in the first half and I decided to put them on the bench so that they come in the second half fresh.
“And also having some new players, I wanted to give them the opportunity also to play and feel the African football and I am proud they did well too,” added Keshi.
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