Bafana players apologise to SA for Chan failure

2014-01-20 15:55

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Bafana Bafana players have apologised to the nation after the team’s failure to progress to the knockout stages of the African Nations Championship (Chan).

Siphiwe Tshabalala, the most capped player in the Bafana team with 87 caps, said it was time to leave the disappointment behind and move on.

He said it was very disappointing not to progress beyond the group stages.

“We had hoped to advance to the quarterfinals and go all the way to the final. It is sad, but we need to be mentally strong and move forward. It is always disappointing when we don’t deliver when the nation is behind us but it is not the time to point fingers,” said Tshabalala.

He said he hoped the team had learnt something from their failure and would be a better team going forward.

“We are hurting like the entire nation because we know we should have done better. Our best was not good enough on the day and I would like to apologise to the nation for disappointing and letting them down. We have to apply ourselves and go back to the drawing board.”

Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, who had a nightmare of a game against Nigeria, was also remorseful.

He apologised for his howler when the team lost 3-1 to Nigeria yesterday. Josephs conceded a needless penalty in the 30th minute after he failed to make a routine catch and allowed the Super Eagles to open a 2-0 lead.

He said he could not live with the fact that he had contributed to Bafana’s downfall.

“I know I should have done better, but these things happen in football. This is the worst feeling ever and it is the worst thing that can happen to a player. I have had many ups and downs and this is one of them,” said the devastated Bidvest Wits goalkeeper.

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