Five lessons learned from Bafana Bafana's draw with Ghana

Stuart Baxter & Molefi Ntseki Bafana Bafana v Libya, September 2018
Goal looks at some of the lessons that can be taken from Bafana's preparation match with the Black Stars

  1. Bafana's depth

    #1 Bafana's depth

    Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter opted to utilise two different squads in either half in order to test his team's depth.

    This was a masterstroke, as he now has a rich pool to choose from as the tournament nears. 

  2. Confidence boost

    #2 Confidence boost

    While it might have just been a warm-up match, the clash gave Bafana a taste of what should be expected once the Afcon begins.

    A draw against a nation regarded as one of the continent's powerhouses and ranked 22 positions higher in the Fifa rankings will instil much-needed belief in the team ahead of their first match against Ivory Coast

  3. Cleansheet
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    #3 Cleansheet

    Seeing names such as Andre and Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu and Thomas Partey among others would be enough to have many quivering in their boots, so the fact that Bafana kept them at bay using two different backlines in the game is something to take note of. 

    Baxter now has options defensively, and will also be happy that both Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams got some game time against quality opposition.  

  4. Baxter's men feel the heat

    #4 Baxter's men feel the heat

    The heat of Dubai would have been a test, but it was also good preparation for what awaits Bafana in Egypt.

    The conditions are likely to be similar. The only downside was that the match was played behind closed doors and that would have deprived the players of any sort of atmosphere. 

  5. Bafana need goals

    #5 Bafana need goals

    While there might have been several positives from the game, one negative is that Bafana were unable to find the back of the net.

    If Bafana are to compete in what has been deemed 'the group of death', goals are a must. 

    Baxter has picked four strikers in Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebo Mothiba and Lebohang Maboe for the tournament but none were able to find the back of the net against Ghana

    Nonetheless, the Bafana coach will hope for a better performance in front of goal ahead of their final preparation match which will be against Angola next week.