At­tack­ing style dis­played by Bafana in their win over An­gola

Weekend Witness - - Talking Sport -

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

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