We must work on developing strikers: Mashaba

We must work on developing strikers: Mashaba
Madoda Ntuli

Madoda Ntuli

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba conceded that their poor finishing cost them two points in their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

The hosts tried their best to carve open the visiting defence, but the West Africans had other ideas as they packed the backline and midfield relying mostly on swift counter-attacks.

The plan worked to perfection too as the Scorpions escaped with a goalless draw from Durban.

“I think we gave off our best but fell short in attack,” Mashaba said afterwards. “Scoring goals was the only thing. We knew they’re going to come here and park it, not even a bus, but a train at the back there.

“We could have done better in terms of using width in the first half, that’s where we may have fallen short there. But in the second half when we did go wide, they cracked. It was most unfortunate that we couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net.”

Bafana Bafana squandered close to 20 chances through the game, leaving a lot to be desired about their finishing ability and the coach was clearly not impressed after being quizzed about it afterwards.

He continued: “We always try and address problems at the wrong level…the national team level. We’ve developed habits here now, good, bad, ugly straight and we can’t change them at this level. Never! You can’t. They have to grow up with it.

“We need to get high skilled and qualified manpower to work at the grass root level. And those people must be well-looked after because it’s not an easy thing.

“There are 16 teams in the PSL. We got 16 coaches plus their co-workers. All of them, they talk about scoring goals, the problem. And where do we get those players that are playing n the national team?

“From the very same clubs. Now we expect when the national team gets together for four days, and it’s not even four days, how do you solve the problem of scoring goals? We bring players in, we guide them and that is all. We’re not making players here.”

Meanwhile, Mashaba also hit out at questions asked whether he had a plan B.

“I don’t know why I should be talking about a game plan when we missed an avalanche of goals,” he added. “We were all over them.

“It is another question directed to the coach, which is saying ‘ay, he doesn’t have a plan B’. We’ve got to be careful when we talk, we’re talking to human beings. I could not wake up, come and stay in Durban and not work a plan to beat this team.”

South Africa face Angola in a friendly in Cape Town on Tuesday.


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