Bafana gave us a good game, says Australia coach

2014-05-26 16:36

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Bafana Bafana are confident going ino their game on Friday against New Zealand following a good performance against Australia in Sydney today.

The team leaves for New Zealand tomorrow morning and coach Gordon Igesund, captain Reneilwe Letsholonyane, and star forward Thulani Serero were full of praise for the way the boys played in their 1-1 draw against the World Cup-bound Socceroos.

“I am very happy. Not only with the result but the way we played,” said Igesund.

Even his Australian counterpart, Ange Postecoglou, whose side was playing their last game in front of their home crowd before travelling to Brazil, gave Bafana Bafana the thumbs-up, saying: “They were very good; they defended very well, played very well and gave us a good game.”

Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Serero said: “It was a good game. I think we did well given that it’s not easy to play in Australia, especially in front of more than 50 000 people.”

He was full of praise for the young players who dominated the team and have been dubbed “the future of South African football”.

“The younger players showed a lot of determination but all in all, we played as a team. Going forward to the game against New Zealand, we need to play more like a unit.”

Unlike Igesund, who said his boys conceded a “silly goal as our goalkeeper was beaten by a header while he went with his hands”, Serero was more diplomatic, saying: “It was disappointing to concede a goal so soon after scoring.”

Serero, who has shown a lot of maturity during this trip, said he didn’t take the fact that he was a target for some rough tackles personally.

“It’s part of the game. I am just like any other player. What matters most is the team. I hope we get better and play more as a team against New Zealand.”

Letsholonyane gave his charges a six out of 10 rating.

“I really enjoyed the game and well done to the young boys,” he said.

“This is a new generation and we can only build from our mistakes.

“I am quite confident going into the New Zealand game as the result was just the confidence-booster needed.”

On being given the armband, the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder said: “I feel very honoured and happy to have been given the armband and the opportunity to lead the team on behalf of the South African nation.”

Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa said: “It was a good game. We did well as everybody fought for the country.”

The match against New Zealand is at 9.30am SA time.

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