AFCON 2013: Bafana Bafana v Angola Preview
South Africa believe patience is the key as they plot a way to score the first goal of Group A at the African Nations Cup.
Both Group A games finished goalless on Saturday, with Bafana Bafana held by Cape Verde Islands and Angola playing to a draw with Morocco.
But the hosts remain confident of progressing to the next round and are adamant the goals will come if they stick to their plan.
“At international level you need to keep trying, have a big heart and a strong mentality, more so because we are playing teams who have loads of experience,” said striker Katlego Mphela.
“A perfect example was the Group B match between Niger and Mali (a 1-0 Mali win), the latter kept on going and eventually scored – so that’s what we need to do, just keep on working hard.”
Defender Anele Ngcongca was pleased to keep a clean sheet in the opener, and echoed Mphela’s belief that the goals will follow.
“All the teams in our group are good and Angola is no different, they have a lot of experience,” he said.
“We learnt from the past match that we have to be more patient, a bit more attractive going forward and try to create some chances so we can score goals. We kept a clean sheet and we are all positive about the next match, nothing else matters.”
The players were no doubt responding to the comments of their coach Gordon Igesund, who accused them of losing their nerve against Cape Verde Islands and rushing too many balls over the top rather than crafting better openings.
There were better chances for both teams in the match between Angola and Morocco, but the same outcome.
However, Angola came away much happier with their point than South Africa were.
“Before the tournament, we were the (second) weakest team in the group, according to FIFA’s rankings,” said coach Gustavo Ferrin.
“Now we’ve all come away with 0-0 draws and we (have) the same chances as before.”