Tuesday Aug 30, 2022. 11:00
South Africa assistant coach Helman Mkhalele believes they can still qualify for the 2022 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) by beating Angola in the second round, second-leg qualifier.
Bafana Bafana lost 2-0 to Palancas Negras in the first leg at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda last weekend, with Daniel Kilola (13′) and Jared Teixeira (68′) getting the goals.
Mkhalele admitted that his players ran out of steam in the latter stages of the away leg due to a lack of game-time for their respective clubs, but he is confident of overturning the deficit in the home leg at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
“There are a whole lot of positives which I picked up from how we played, which gives me the hope that we can turn things around in the second leg,” he said.
“If Angola could score two goals in their own backyard then I believe that we can score more goals in the return leg to win this round.
“I am very proud of how my boys pushed themselves in this match, given the fact that most of them haven’t been getting enough game time in their respective clubs.
“You could see that some of them, their legs were beginning to give in the later part of the game, as we continued pressing forward in search of goals.”
Algeria will host the CHAN finals in January next year and will be joined by Morocco and Libya, who have already booked their place in the competition.