Former Bafana striker Marks Maponyane shares his insight with Goal.com South Africa about the host nations performance against Angola and what needs to be done going forward
Goal.com: What did you make of Bafana’s performance in the 2-0 win against Angola?
Maponyane: I was very happy with the overall performance. All the players came into the party; they all worked together and took responsibility which is what is needed.
Goal.com: The midfield seemed to be in control, which was a vast improvement from the first match?
Maponyane: I think that is where we had to fix the problem, because the defense was not really bad.
Goal.com. The decision to drop Siphiwe Tshabalala to the bench, was that something you had expected?
Maponyane: Gordon Igesund is a very smart coach and on Wednesday he proved that. The challenge in this country is that we want to keep the people who have done well for us for far too long. For instance everyone knows that Tshabalala scored that opening goal during the World Cup, and that to him puts pressure as well. He knows that there are lot of expectations from him. So I think that was a good decision and it will also help him as a player to find his feet again.
Goal.com: What do you think Igesund must do maintain the form against Morocco?
Maponyane: The only thing that he must try and maintain is the confidence, the desire and will to win. I know for a fact that their (players) moral is high at the moment and they will be going to this match with that mindset. They must also make sure that they don’t get carried away.
Goal.com: It seems that injuries are really troubling us in recent months. How do you think we are coping?
Maponyane: Well, they do have a negative impact, but again this is an opportunity for other players to shine. Just like how Dean Furman proved himself for the game against Angola, I believe there are other players who will take these opportunities with both hands.
Goal.com: How far do you think Bafana can go in the Afcon?
Maponyane: They will qualify for the quarterfinals, but I don’t think we will win the tournament.