Defeat huge setback for SA

2015-09-09 06:00

JOHANNESBURG. – Bafana Bafana captain, Itumeleng Khune, says his side only have themselves to blame following a disappointing 3-1 loss in their Afcon qualifier in Mauritania on Saturday (05/09).

South Africa were already a goal down before debutant Siyabonga Zulu received his marching orders, with Thamsanqa Gabuza’s equaliser providing temporary parity before two late goals condemned Shakes Mashaba’s side to defeat.

Khune, who was at fault for the hosts’ first goal, admitted his mistake made the match an even harder prospect for his side.

“I committed a big mistake with the goal I let in and after that it was a huge mountain to climb,” he said.

“I had the ball covered, but it swerved at the last minute and unfortunately I was too close to the poles and it went in.

“It is devastating to concede like that. Also, whenever you play away, it is always difficult to concede early and having to chase the game.”

The Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper says the defeat is a huge setback, but refuses to make any excuses after the loss.

“The result is a huge setback because we have now dropped five points out of a possible six – we picked up only one point at home,” he said.

“We should have collected three points at home and strived at worst for a point away, but we failed to do so. We can only have ourselves to blame and again it is only us who can rectify it.

“We still have 12 points to play for, but it means we have to win all the way and we could find ourselves on 13 points. So, it is still up to us, we just have to bounce back from this disappointment. We cannot fault anyone for the loss, but must take the blame as players. The worst result should have been a point away from home. We had a rush of blood after we equalised and went looking for the win which did not come.

“We made huge mistakes which cost us the game – the first being my error in the first goal, and that’s when we were tested. So we need to get it right in the remaining matches.”

South Africa lie bottom of Group M after two matches, five points behind leaders Cameroon who were 1-0 winners over Gambia in Sunday’s (06/09) qualifier

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