South African national team coach Shakes Mashaba
Friday May 29, 2015. 11:07
Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba believes goal scoring is not only a South African problem, but a problem that plagues world football.
Talking in the aftermath of his side's 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Malawi, Mashaba defended his players after they had failed to score for the duration of their premature involvement in the 2015 Cosafa Cup.
"The boys played very well - good exposure for them. For most of them it's the first time they are playing at this level. Once it gets to the penalty shootout it's a lotto, everybody can win it," said Mashaba.
"If you look at our football generally - scoring goals is a problem. We don't expect it to be rectified at this level. It should be done at grassroots.
"It is not only us, a few games have been decided by penalties. It is not only a South African problem, it's an African and worldwide problem [scoring goals].
"Cosafa serves as a springboard, one or two of these players will be in the team for the qualifiers. It is important to take the Cosafa Cup serious because it serves as a springboard for both football nationally and in the junior teams as well."