Attacking style displayed by Bafana in their win over Angola
IT has been a pretty crazy week for Bafana Bafana and South African football. The national side’s performance last Saturday in Afcon’s Johannesburg tournament opener against Cape Verde was, quite simply, woeful.
Fast forward a week that saw a solid 2-0 win over Angola and Bafana are now strong favourites to qualify top of Group A and secure a Durban quarter-final on February 2. How quickly things can change.
If you watched both of Bafana’s matches without recognising the kits or players, there is no way you would say that the side that stumbled in Johannesburg was the same one that outplayed Angola in Durban. Granted, there were five changes made from the starting lineup at “Soccer City”, but the differences in the two matches had less to do with personnel and more to do with performance.
Wednesday’s win came from a side that played with hunger and determination.
There was no fear when players were on the ball or when they opted to play a difficult pass. There was always a mindset to get forward, keep possession and create quality chances. And when the ball was lost, there was a drive to win it back and start building up towards creating the next chance. At periods in the game, Bafana were relentless and with a little more cool headedness in front of goal, the winning margin could have been even more comfortable.
A large amount of the credit for the win has gone to Dean Furman, and rightly so. His effort on the day was outstanding, and he threw himself all over Moses Mabhida in a shift that