South Africa eyeing redemption against Namibia

South Africa eyeing redemption against Namibia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jun 05, 2018. 10:30

South Africa will be hoping to bag their first win in this year’s 2018 COSAFA Cup tournament when they meet Namibia on Tuesday.

Bafana Bafana will face the Brave Warriors in the Plate semi-finals after losing to Madagascar on Sunday.

Coach Stuart Baxter’s troops lost 4-3 to Barea in the quarter-finals on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

As they look to redeem their status, the four time champions will want to at least bag the Plate trophy and ease their poor run as hosts.

Baxter will also work on fixing their lack of sharpness in the final third and the English coach has vowed he will continue to work hard with his troops.

“Football is football …Zambia went to penalties on Saturday and won, we went to penalties and lost. It’s a lottery. You have to keep your nerve and our players didn’t,” Baxter said.

“I thought we were the better team in 90 minutes, but that doesn’t count for anything if you don’t score. In the second half we weren’t as dangerous as we were in the first and the longer the game went, the more the younger players started to stress and that is the experience they need.

“Of course we would rather be playing in the main trophy and the only way you can make it up is by working hard and showing the strategy that we had when we approached this tournament is still in place. The players will work and learn.

“When we played the way we discussed we would, we played well. When we played through them quickly and didn’t take too long to allow them to get set, we threatened behind their defenders. We created chances.”

A look at the Namibians, coach Ricardo Mannetti is also out to push his men to get a win and add to their hosts’ woes.

In their opening clash, the South West Africans failed to secure a win on Saturday in the Last Eight and drew 0-0 against Chipolopolo of Zambia. They went on to lose on penalty shoot-outs.

Although Mannetti said he wasn’t expecting his men to repeat their 2015 exploits as they lifted the trophy, he will want to do well against the hosts.

Namibia has players like goalkeeper Maxmillian Mbaeva and Deon Hotto who are familiar with Bafana players as they play in the South African Premier Soccer League.

The clash will be staged at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium at 17:00 (CAT).

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