Parker: Bafana need to be more aggressive

2015-01-26 14:14

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Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker has urged his teammates to be more aggressive and take responsibility in front of goal against Ghana tomorrow.

The Kaizer Chiefs striker believes their lack of decisiveness has been their downfall in the Africa Cup of Nations so far but said they have learnt from their mistakes.

Parker said the players were disappointed after failing to win their opening two games despite playing well and they want to make amends against the Black Stars.

“We have learnt our lesson and we want to bounce back. We had a meeting as players and addressed issues of what we need to do next to make sure we win the game against Ghana. It is not going to be easy because Ghana is a formidable side but we also want to go through,” said Parker.

Parker said Bafana’s strong point had turned out to be their undoing in this tournament but said they have learnt a lot from their previous mistakes.

“We know we are good in combine play and we click well in the final third but don’t take our chances in front of goal. We are not aggressive enough in taking responsibility and sometimes we do it too much instead of taking our chances.”

He expects an aggressive game against Ghana because both sides hope to progress to the quarterfinals of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

A victory for Ghana will ensure their passage into the next round of the tournament but Bafana’s victory might not be enough, depending on the outcome of the game between Algeria and Senegal.

Bafana need to beat the Black Stars of Ghana and hope for a favourable result in the other Group C game.

The best case scenario for Bafana would be for Senegal to beat Algeria, which would mean any sort of win for Bafana over Ghana would put them through. If Algeria beat Senegal, and Bafana win, it would come down to who has the better goal difference between South Africa and the Teranga Lions. A draw between Senegal and Algeria would knock Bafana out of the competition, whatever the result against Ghana.

Parker was confident of going through to the next round but conceded they would need luck to be on their side.

“With a little bit of luck we can go through and I believe we can beat Ghana. They are under more pressure than us and we expect them to take the game to us and hopefully this will leave them exposed at the back. But we need to take our chances and score goals.”

He believes Bafana are a team to beat in the tournament, despite not having won a game.

“For now we are a team to beat as everyone is talking about us but we need to convert our chances and win the games. We put up good performances in both games and I can guarantee that we will be a tough team to beat in future.”

Permutations

South Africa:

A win for Bafana will see them through to the knockout stages if Senegal beat Algeria.

If Bafana win and Algeria draw (they will both be on four points), Bafana will lose out because of head to head.

If Bafana win and Algeria also win, goal difference will separate Bafana and Senegal.

Ghana:

A win for Ghana will see them qualifying for the quarterfinals.

If Ghana draw and Algeria also draw, Ghana will qualify because of head to head.

Senegal:

A win for Senegal will guarantee them top spot in the group.

A draw will also guarantee them a place in the knockout stages.

If they lose and Bafana win, goal difference will separate the two.

If they lose and Ghana draw, Senegal will go through on head to head.

Algeria:

If they win, they will qualify.

If they draw and Bafana win, they will go through based on head to head.

If they draw and Ghana draw as well, the Black Stars will go through on head to head.

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