Gordon Igesund considers changes to Bafana team to face Mali

2014-01-14 14:53

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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is contemplating making changes to the team that beat Mozambique on Saturday.

Bafana take on Mali tomorrow in their second game of the African Nations Championship and Igesund said he would make one or two tactical changes.

He said he was wary of the physically imposing west Africans after seeing them upset Nigeria in the first game.

“They are a physical team and have more strength than us so we don’t want to get into a tussle with them because we will come out second best. We need to keep the ball, make quick passes and also be more penetrative than in the game against Mozambique,” said Igesund.

“I am contemplating making one or two changes for tactical reasons. This is a completely different game from the Mozambique match. We were more offensive in the first game because we wanted to win at all costs but this time we might be cautious in our approach but we need a result,” said Igesund.

He said he was impressed by how his substitutes had changed the complexion of the game on Saturday. He might be tempted to start with them, particularly Lindokuhle Mbatha, who came on in the second half, he said.

One of the players who could make way in the starting line-up is Moroka Swallows midfielder Lerato Chabangu, who did not have a good game against Mozambique.

Bafana and Mali are both on three points and a win for either side will almost guarantee them a place in the knockout stages.

» Kickoff is at 5pm tomorrow at the Cape Town Stadium.

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