Bafana win was ‘down to luck’

Bafana midfielder Dean Furman. Pic: Gallo Images

Botswana’s national team coach Stanley Tshosane said Bafana Bafana’s 4-1 win over the Zebras in a World Cup qualifier in Durban on Saturday was through sheer luck.

According to Tshosane, Bafana did not deserve to win and the four goals scored by Kermit Erasmus, Dean Furman and a brace by Bernard Parker were not through good display by the hosts but were just “mistakes” from his team.

“I think South Africa were very lucky as the goals were a bonus from my players,” he said after the game.

“I don’t know what went wrong, but we will try and work on it.”

Tshosane would be forgiven, to a certain degree, if the score was less than what transpired at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium in the second leg of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier.

But four clinical goals by Gordon Igesund’s men proved that Bafana are a class above their neighbours.

While Tshosane maintains Bafana’s goals were through their defensive errors, it is their goal which came in that fashion as his striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana profitted from an error by Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo to score for the visitors.

“Yes, we expected them to come at us with some vigour,” he said.

“I thought we had a very good plan in the beginning as we managed to contain Bafana for about 20 or 30 minutes.”

Botswana’s 4-1 loss meant that their World Cup dream is over. Both teams, Bafana and Botswana had to win their tie while hoping Ethiopia lost to Central African Republic.

Ethiopia topped Group A with 13 points after beating CAR 2-1 at a neutral venue in Congo-Brazzaville. Now the Walia Antelopes advance to the final round of the qualifiers to commence next month.

Only five African teams can qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil and those countries which qualify will be determined in the final round made up of 10 nations.

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