Bafana’s Bongani Zungu: We just don’t score

Bafana’s Bongani Zungu: We just don’t score
Bongani Zungu of South Africa is challenged by Bayala Cyrille Barros of Burkina Faso 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso on the 7 October 2017 at Soccer City, Johannesburg © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 14:30

South Africa midfielder Bongani Zungu has lamented the team’s inability to score enough goals following the conclusion of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Bafana Bafana finished bottom of Group D after losing 2-1 away to Senegal in Dakar on Tuesday night.

It was a match which saw an improved performance from Stuart Baxter’s men compared to the 2-0 loss to the same opponents last Friday.

Yet the same failings were present, with Themba Zwane guilty of missing a penalty kick and the defence unable to prevent a late headed goal from Kara Mbodji which decided the match.

"We just don't score, the most important thing is to put the ball into the net," said Zungu when asked what the team lacks, as quoted by Kick-Off.

"I think we have very good players, we play very well. I think there were times, especially in tonight's game where we move the ball very well, we just have to put the ball into the net.

“We had easy chances to score but that is football; if you don't take chances your opponent will take chances. I think the team is growing very well, we just have to use our chances."

Zungu added, "Of course it's very disappointing that we didn't qualify. I think we should have won the second game, we didn't take our chances. That is football for you.

“We are very disappointed. I'm sure the nation is disappointed in us but it's football.

“We have to pick our heads up and hopefully we do well in the AFCON next year. We have to keep our heads up and look forward to the future.”

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