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Bafana coach Ntseki shrugs off Zambia defeat, shifts focus to AFCON qualifiers

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Molefi Ntseki (Gallo Images)
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  • Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki believes the start of the PSL will give players more game time to ready themselves for next month's AFCON qualifiers.
  • Despite Bafana Bafana's defeat against Zambia, the coach is confident the national side will win against Sao Tome and Principe.
  • South Africa will tackle the island nation in back-to-back AFCON qualifying matches next month.

Following a 2-1 defeat to Zambia on Sunday, Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki was quick to shift his focus to next month's back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe.

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South Africa were searching for a victory after being held to a 1-1 draw against neighbours Namibia earlier in the week.

However, after taking a 1-0 lead midway through the second half courtesy of Keagan Dolly, Zambia hit back with two goals in quick succession to take the spoils.

The defeat means Ntseki's record now stands at two victories, two defeats and one draw since taking over from Stuart Baxter last year.

The 51-year-old now has his sights on Bafana Bafana's AFCON qualifying matches against Sao Tome.

"We're going to be ready because locally the PSL is starting next weekend (MTN8 quarter-finals) and I think the coaches and physical trainers will prepare the players and we can only benefit from that operation," Ntseki told the media after the match.

"Tactically, the boys responded very well, and it means going into the Sao Tome match they will be ready physically because what you have seen today is that tactically we are at a level where we want to be.

"We can't have the tactical endurance because of the physical level we are at, but I think come Sao Tome we'll be ready to compete and win."

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