Bafana Bafana coach pleased with win, but says players wilted under travel schedule
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund admits there is still a lot of work to do but was pleased with his side’s 2-0 win over Mozambique in their friendly international at the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.
Two goals from Bernard Parker saw the South Africans to the win, but they should have scored more and at times looked lackluster against an outclassed opposition.
Igesund blamed the players’ lethargy on jet-lag, they only returned from Brazil on Sunday, and believes his team will get better in the coming months.
“It was a difficult game, mainly because of the travel,” Igesund says. “We went through four times zones, the bodies of the players were very tired, you could see that.
“But we did OK, I was satisfied, we weren’t great tonight. We kept the ball too long, and some of our passing was quite poor, but I am happy with the attitude and after just four days of training, I don’t think we could expect much more.
“The two results, against Brazil on Friday [a 1-0 loss in Sao Paulo] and tonight gives us a lot to build on, but we also have a lot of work to do. But like I said, I was happy with the players as far as their attitude and commitment goes.
“We are on the right track, we are going to get better and better. Come the Africa Cup of Nations we want to be a well-oiled machine and that will come the longer we have to spend with the players.”
Man of the Match Dean Furman says he feels the side should have scored more, but is happy with the positive showing in his first home game for the side.
“I’m delighted with how it went, it is a massive occasion to play in front of our home fans and for us to go out and be dominant and win 2-0 was great,” Furman says. “It could have been more, but that will come. The new manager is obviously still putting his ideas across to the team and we will get better.''