Should serve as a template for future matches
showed how important having a ball winner in any side can be.
His constant breaking up of play and his calculated distribution was the difference between the sides, and Furman deserves any praise that he has been given in the buildup to tomorrow’s crucial Group A finale against Morocco in Durban.
Coach Gordon Igesund said after the win that he had gambled with his team selection and tactics by instructing his players to attack, attack, attack. There is always the risk of conceding when a coach looks to play an attacking brand of football and is prepared to commit men forward. But it is definitely more attractive than a side so scared of conceding that the players hardly set a foot out of position for fear of the team losing its shape, as was the case against Cape Verde.
With Bafana only needing a point from tomorrow’s match, it will be interesting to see which way Igesund plays it. He can keep things tight and make not conceding his priority, or he can look to build on the momentum that was created during the Angola match and tell his side to have a go. If it was up to fans, there is only one way they would want Bafana to play. For a side that has been battered by critics for ages about their inability to create and score goals, Bafana’s performance on Wednesday was the most promising seen in a very, very long time.
Surely, the mentality that brought about that success should remain as Igesund looks to guide his side through to the next stage of the competition.