Luther Singh of South Africa challenged by Tsito Baggio of Madagascar during the 2018 COSAFA quarter finals match between South Africa and Madagascar at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 03 June 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday Jun 04, 2018. 15:00
Following their loss to Madagascar on penalties, South African coach Stuart Baxter is set to have a word with striker Luther Singh.
The youngster was given a penalty in the shoot-outs after the 0-0 draw at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, but his casual manner led to him failing to convert.
Singh was tasked with netting the decisive penalty in Bafana Bafana's shootout defeat against Madagascar in their Cosafa Cup quarter-final.
Bafana were initially in the lead in the penalty shootout‚ but Jamie Webber struck the post before Singh stepped up and casually tried to dummy a shot past goalkeeper Jean Randrianasolo. However, it was not to be as the keeper made an easy save.
The South Africans lost the 2018 COSAFA Cup quarter-final match 4-3 via the penalty shootout and will now face Namibia in the Plate semi-finals.
"It concerns me greatly when we don't score goals from chances‚ whether it's a penalty or a chance from open play‚" Baxter said.
"I'll speak to Luther about the way he took his penalty.
"We took penalties in training last night [Saturday] and he scored both of his.
"And that's the thing – I don't think we can ask if Luther was the right one to take the penalty. He had two chances in the game.
"Maybe his confidence was a bit low‚ maybe he was a bit nervous‚ maybe it didn't come over as he looked. He looked like he wanted to be casual.”