Former AmaZulu midfielder Litha Ngxabi told Goal.com that Bafana's poor possession resulted in their stalemate performance against Cape Verde on Saturday
Former AmaZulu midfielder Litha Ngxabi believes Bafana cannot reach the semi-finals, after watching their disappointing 0-0 draw against Cape Verde in the opening match at the National Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg.
Ngxabi, who specialised in midfield for AmaZulu stated that Bafana's problem is the midfield, as players are failing to gel together and create safe passes to one another.
“I feel we were not playing as a unit and we couldnt put decent passes together. Our chances of getting goals were always going to be scarce as there were hardly any shots at goal,” said Ngxabi.
“Gordon knew the potential of these guys, so it surprises me how he setup his team. We must remember that Cape Verde eliminated Cameroon who are not playing in the Afcon today,” he reminded us.
Despite the fact that Bafana once again failed to hit the back of the net, Ngxabi said he still has hopes that the team will advance to the next round.
“I wouldn’t want to write the team off completely, since I personally know how unpredictable the game of football is. I think the boys will learn from their mistakes and come back a better team,” he said.
Players such Siphiwe Tshabalala and Thuso Phala displayed good performances, but they couldn’t win the game on their own. Ngxabi stresses that the rest of the players need to come to the party now to progress to the quarterfinals.
"No man is an island, it’s time that the rest of the players join in the party and start playing as a team. There were even times where we couldn’t maintain our ball possession, and that gives the opposition an opportunity to turn the game against us.
“Going forward I think we need to be more aggressive in our attack and make the opposition worried about us,” said Ngxabi.