Nervous Bafana go down to Poland

2012-10-13 07:05

Bafana Bafana suffered yet another defeat at the hands of a European opponent when they went down 1-0 to Poland.

Marcin Komorowski scored the only goal in the 82nd minute last night with an easy tap after a good cross from Waldemar Sobota.

It was not a good outing for the South African side as it was made to toil the entire game with Poland asking most of the questions.

Based on this performance coach Gordon Igesund still has a lot to do with his team if Bafana are to win the hearts of the nation again.

Bafana’s performance was far below par as they looked out of sorts and never really troubled the hosts.

It was surprising that the game went into the break goalless as the hosts deserved something for their efforts in the first half.

Bafana players showed nerves early on in the game as they seemed overawed by the occasion.

Bafana’s new defender, Ricardo Nunes, was caught for pace on the left flank as early as the second minute by Grzegorz Krychowiak but his good run was wasted by Artur Sobiech, whose shot went narrowly wide.

Bafana were again left off the hook by Sobiech, who was the culprit when he completely missed the target.

But Bafana were not to be outdone as captain Bongani Khumalo’s header missed the target when the game was 22 minutes old.

Then Itumeleng Khune came to Bafana’s rescue in the 26th minute when he saved Arkadiusz Piech’s effort.

Khune once again showed why he is the country’s number one goalkeeper with some stupendous saves in the second half but he could do nothing to stop Komorowski’s shot as he was left exposed by his defence.

New Bafana left back Ricardo Nunes justified his starting berth as his free kicks caused all sorts of problems for the hosts.

But Bafana did not do enough to get at least something out of this game and this will leave Igesund with many questions ahead of Tuesday’s game against Kenya in Nairobi.

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