Three goals on the opening day of the Chan tournament was enough to hand his side all three points, but national coach Gordon Igesund says he wants more from his charges
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he is looking for more penetration from his attacking players when the national team take on Mali in their second game of the African Nations Championship on Wednesday.
Following a 3-1 victory over Mozambique on the opening day of the continental competition in Cape Town on Saturday, Igesund said he was satisfied with the result, but has called for more composure in front of goal.
“I can’t say I was unhappy, I could see that we just didn’t get the combinations right and cause them enough problems, getting in behind them,” Igesund explained.
“But overall, I’ll take the result. It’s a good start for us and now we know we haven’t arrived yet, we have a lot of work to do, but I do know we’ll get better as the tournament progresses and get more games under the belt.”
Nevertheless, the former Moroka Swallows boss defended his troops, insisting that three goals in a game doesn't come around often in the modern game, particularly not on the international stage.
“When last have you seen the scores at six or seven nil in international football? We scored three goals and that’s what we needed to do (against Mozambique),” Igesund said.
“The positive thing is that we created those chances.”
Shifting his attention to the upcoming game against Mali, who stunned tournament favourites Nigeria by defeating them 2-1 on Saturday, Igesund said the three points gave his side a competitive edge and allowed them to play with more confidence heading into the next game.
“It’s very important. I wouldn’t say that we’re in a comfortable position. It was very important for us to win the first game.
“It might not have been a classic performance but it wasn’t a bad performance. It was the kind of performance that I thought we were going to give.
“We kept possession of the ball, we were patient, we didn’t panic and we kept plugging away.”