Even though Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said it's good to lose sometimes, he has underlined that he is taking these friendlies seriously as match preparation
Speaking to the media after South Africa's 2-0 defeat against Nigeria in the Mandela Challenge in Durban, the Bafana head coach was not worried about defeat. He instead credited his boys for standing up to Nigeria.
It is all about preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Botswana, so Igesund's next team practice is against Burkina Faso on Saturday.
The coach wants to be positive, even though he underlined that winning is not everything in these type of games. Igesund wants his players to learn from any mistakes against Nigeria and Burkina Faso, so that they will be ready for Botswana.
“We need to be positive. We must use what we took from the (Nigeria) match and use it going forward. We are going to go out there and give it our best. We take each game very seriously and that is what we are going to do against Burkina Faso,” said Igesund.
After losing against Nigeria, the Bafana coach spoke about how teams can learn from losing too.
“It is good to lose at times, and honestly speaking, I am not worried about losing to Nigeria. I believe that we gave it our best.
“I think my boys played really well. We matched the standard of Nigeria on every form. Considering the fact that they have experienced players who play in respected leagues, I think we did well,” he said.
Igesund emphasized that people should not only look at the result, but also the performance of his players.
“We created lot of opportunities and unfortunately we just did not use them well enough. This was a great opportunity for me to try and introduce new players in the squad so that they get a better feel of the match,” he said.