Should serve as a tem­plate for fu­ture matches

Weekend Witness - - Talking Sport -

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.

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