SA Under-23 inspired by Bafana

SA Under-23 inspired by Bafana

David Notoane, coach of the SA U23 (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

“We watched Bafana Bafana seal a berth at the Afcon finals on Sunday and will draw a lot of lessons from there,” said SA U23 coach David Notoane.

SA Under-23 football coach David Notoane says his charges will use Bafana Bafana’s inspiring Africa Cup of Nations qualification over the weekend, as inspiration when the youngsters play their Caf Olympic qualifier second-leg against Angola at Bidvest Milpark Stadium on Tuesday evening.

South Africa won the first-leg in Angola 3-1 last week.

“I have seen a lot of strange things happening in football and must be mindful of such pitfalls. But we watched Bafana Bafana seal a berth at the Afcon finals on Sunday and will draw a lot of lessons from there,” said Notoane.

“The lesson from Bafana Bafana game was how they controlled the game and made sure they seal the tie. They needed a point to qualify and controlled the proceedings in a very professional fashion. We will strive to do exactly that.

“The players were like true soldiers and that was a gripping match to watch.”

Notoane said his troops will attempt to control the match from the outset.

“We need to stay in control of the tie as long as possible; and how do we do that? First, we need to go out and score first. I believe if we score first, it kills the tie as a contest. From then on we should be in cruise mode.”

However, if Angola scores first, Notoane said it could change the dynamics and the mood of the tie.

“If they score first, we need to react immediately as this will give them some encouragement to push us back, so we need to be mentally strong and remain focussed.”

 

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