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Review: Bafana Bafana vs Senegal

1 March 2012 Kagiso Khaole

As the final whistle blew across Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night, South African soccer fans were left to reflect on what was, and what could have been as Bafana Bafana failed to score against Senegal.

In a surprising move, perhaps of desperation, national team coach, Pitso Mosimane, opted for a 4-4-2 as opposed to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Free State Stars marksman, Manqele, partnered Mphela upfront with Dikgacoi, Mahlangu, Pienaar and Serero forming the midfield.

The first half showed glimpses of promise as Mahlangu was put through on goal by Serero but the Swedish player of the year was forced off balance and only managed a tame shot at towards goal. At the 30 minute mark, 4 Bafana players combined in a well worked move from midfield but Mphela couldn’t quite get the right connection on his shot. Mphela then turned provider and released Serero onto goal, the Ajax Amsterdam player failed to keep his shot on target.

After about an hour of play, Pitso Mosimane decided to change things up. He first brought on Khuboni, Masenamela for Dikgacoi and Masilela then he took off Pienaar, Manqele and Serero for Modise, Mokoena and Maluleka. The substitutions seemed to have the desired effect on Bafana’s tempo as the play began to liven up. Mahlangu was replaced by Thamsanqa Sangweni after coming out second best in a challenge for the ball. Mphela and Modise squandered two late chances and the final score remained 0-0.

Goalless in Durban in a game where South Africa had plenty possession albeit in the wrong third of the pitch.

Was this a failure of tactics from the coach or are the players to blame for this result?